Reforming Class-Action Suits
The Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step last week when it approved a bill to curb abuses in class-action lawsuits.
Class actions are an important tool for protecting citizens' rights. But currently, most class-action suits must be heard in state courts. So companies operating nationwide get haled into local courts that plaintiffs' lawyers have found particularly willing to accept class actions - and to hit out-of-state firms with costly judgments.
This situation allows state judges at the county level to issue rulings that "federalize" their decisions - effectivelywriting rules for the whole country. In recent years, for example, an Illinois court …
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Publication information: Article title: Reforming Class-Action Suits. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: April 17, 2003. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.