Big Government is at it Again! House Attempts to Undermine Victims Access to Courts.
[March 7, 2017] The House Judiciary Committee just passed a new bill what can only be defined as a direct attempt to stop Injury Victims form having their day in Court.
The Bill, H.R. 985 is cleverly called the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017,” but don’t let the name fool you. What it is really meant to do is severely limit injury victim’s right to compensation through the Legal System.
Elizabeth Chamblee Burch (University of Georgia School of Law) commented – The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would substantially curtail the usefulness of class actions and multi-district litigation, but would not make things “fairer” for class members.
The American Association of Justice has Sounded the Alarm!
“The House will vote on a series of bills that will make it difficult – if not impossible — for Americans harmed by corporate misconduct to seek justice in our nation’s courts.”
These anti-civil justice bills are:
H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act,” which undermines state law and eliminates the rights of Americans to bring certain health care claims when they are injured by medical malpractice and dangerous drugs and devices, or when they or their families are injured or killed in a nursing home;
H.R. 985, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” which will strip Americans of the ability join with others to bring consumer, worker, or civil rights class actions against corporations;
H.R. 906, the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act,” which helps the asbestos industry in delaying and denying compensation to asbestos victims dying of asbestos disease and threatens the privacy of asbestos victims and their families;
H.R. 725, the “Innocent Party Protection Act,” which allows corporate defendants to more easily move a case into a more favorable forum;
H.R. 720, the “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act,” which forces a court to impose sanctions on attorneys who bring novel legal cases;
H.R. 732, the “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act,” which prohibits non-profits and charities from being able to receive compensation from corporations found to have committed widespread harm to the public.
Before Congress votes on these bills, it is imperative that they hear from the people who would be impacted the most by this legislation – YOU.
Click on the link below to tell your Representative to stand up and vote NO!
Please take action today! Your elected officials need to hear from you that you want to preserve your rights to access the Civil Justice System.
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