'Under the phony banner of "tort reform," this act is a legislative
gift to wealthy special interests'
New York Times
October 22, 2003
Labels can be deceiving. A pressing case in point is the so-called Class Action Fairness Act, scheduled for a crucial vote
today in the Senate.
Under the phony banner of "tort reform," this act is a legislative gift to wealthy special interests. It would make it
harder for Americans to win redress in court for corporate violations of state civil rights, health, consumer and environmental
protection laws. ...
Bill Changing Class-Action Law Appears Dead for Now
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — Senate Democrats won a victory over President Bush and their Republican colleagues today, blocking
a measure backed by business interests to push certain class-action lawsuits out of state courts and into the federal judiciary.
The measure's backers rounded up 59 votes, but they fell one vote short of the number needed to end a Democratic filibuster
against the bill, which is dead at least for the time being. ...
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