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HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Hold Corporations Accountable for Withholding or Shredding Documents Related to a Class Action Lawsuit.
house Roll Call 56     Mar 13, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Republicans had long felt that class action lawsuits were too easy to bring in state courts. They proposed a bill that would move more such cases to federal court, where the chances of a pro-corporate decision were greater. Progressives disliked this change, because they felt class action lawsuits were often the only way to hold a corporation accountable for its behavior. To tip the balance of the bill back in the plaintiffs' direction, Waters (D-CA) proposed an amendment that would encourage corporations to bring forward information required to be handed over in a discovery motion as part of a class-action suit. Any corporation found to have withheld or shredded such documents would be on record as admitting to the facts of the motion. Progressives voted for this amendment, but it was rejected 174-251.

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