HR 985, The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, Would Obliterate Rights of Injured Consumers Seeking Justice Against Large Corporations
Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 985, the so-called Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, which would greatly curb consumers’ rights to pursue class action lawsuits and mass tort claims against large, wealthy corporations that have caused them harm. Not a single Democrat voted for the bill, while the Republican members of the House Liberty Caucus also opposed it on the grounds that it would aid “bad actors” by making it more difficult to seek redress via the courts. The bill will now head to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
H.R. 985 was rushed through the U.S. House without a hearing and without input from legal experts or the very people it would harm. If it becomes law, the bill would require federal courts to deny certification of class action lawsuits unless every one of the proposed class members was affirmatively demonstrated to have “suffered the same type and scope of injury” as the class representatives. The bill also ties attorney fees to settlement amounts and limits the types of clients lawyers could represent.
“There is nothing “fair” about the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. If it becomes law, HR 985 will obliterate the rights of consumers to join together to hold large corporations accountable in court,” says Attorney Richard W. Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury and mass torts law firm. “Class actions and mass tort lawsuits are often the only way that ordinary people can counter the near-limitless resources of the corporate interests that have caused them harm.”
“Today, the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC are adding their voices to those of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, Public Citizen and numerous other consumer advocacy groups that oppose HR 985,” Mr. Schulte continued. “We call on the members of the U.S. Senate to stand with the American people, and reject this blatant attempt to restrict the rights of those injured as a result of corporate malfeasance.”
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