What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Passage of a Bill Designed to Curb Class Action Lawsuits (and Opportunities for Justice) by Assigning Original Jurisdiction to Overworked Federal Courts Rather Than State Courts in Those Cases.
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H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Passage of a Bill Designed to Curb Class Action Lawsuits (and Opportunities for Justice) by Assigning Original Jurisdiction to Overworked Federal Courts Rather Than State Courts in Those Cases.
house Roll Call 272     Jun 12, 2003
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N = Progressive
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The subject of this vote was passage of a bill which would transfer legal jurisdiction on class action lawsuits from state courts to the federal bench. The legislation would also make the transfer of authority retroactive; pending class action cases against corporate criminals such as Enron and WorldCom, then, would be transferred to the federal court system. In the view of Progressives, the proposed rules changes to class action lawsuits would hinder the ability of victims of corporate fraud or other criminal acts from receiving timely justice and reparations. Progressives argued that the federal bench is already overburdened with cases; providing federal courts with an even broader legal jurisdiction, Progressives noted, would result in lengthy delays in judicial action. Moreover, Progressives opposed the retroactivity provision contained in the bill; in their view, victims of corporate fraud by companies such as Enron and WorldCom should receive compensation in a timely manner. Despite their opposition, the legislation was adopted on a 253-170 vote.

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