GOODLATTE INTRODUCES FAIRNESS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ACT OF 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 (H.R. 1927) to strengthen federal class action lawsuit rules by ensuring victims who have experienced actual or comparable injury are justly compensated.
The bill calls for reforms to the current federal class action lawsuit framework by requiring classes that consist of members with the same type and extent of injury. Under the proposed legislation, uninjured or non-comparably injured parties can still join class actions, but must do so separately from parties that experienced more extensive injury.
The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice is scheduled to hold a legislative hearing on the bill on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Chairman Goodlatte issued the following statement on the introduction of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015:
“The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act is a simple, one-page bill, that furthers a common sense principle that should apply to class action lawsuits in the future. Only those people who share injuries of the same type and extent should be part of a class action lawsuit. I was proud to help move the Class Action Fairness Act through Congress 10 years ago, and today I am introducing this legislation to supplement the protections afforded to victims in class actions, and further reduce wasteful litigation in our courts.”