What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Strike a Provision in Bill Which Prevents States From Enforcing Their Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws in Class Action Cases.
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H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Strike a Provision in Bill Which Prevents States From Enforcing Their Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws in Class Action Cases.
house Roll Call 269     Jun 12, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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GOP-drafted legislation to change the rules on class action lawsuits would require federal courts, and not state courts, to decide those lawsuits in a wide range of cases. Progressives noted that federal courts already have more cases than they can handle; adding class action lawsuits to their list of duties, Progressives argued, would delay justice for plaintiffs who have suffered from criminal misconduct by corporations for months or years. During debate on the legislation, Congresswoman Lofgren (D-CA) offered an amendment which would have eliminated a provision in the bill which prevented state or local prosecutors from enforcing state antitrust and consumer protection laws in state courts (the bill required federal courts to handle those cases). Progressives voted in support of Lofgren's amendment as a way to insure timely justice for corporate misdeeds. Moreover, in the view of Progressives, corporate misbehavior should be subjected to state as well as federal prosecution. The Lofgren proposal was rejected on a 186-234 vote.

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