Over the past few weeks, we have seen Congress push a series of bills that will make it difficult for Americans harmed by corporate misconduct to seek and obtain justice in our nation’s courts. Many of these bills have passed the House of Representatives, and are awaiting Senate consideration. Careful observation of these bills is necessary. You should contact your Senators and Representatives to ask them to vote against such anti-consumer legislation. The bills to watch closely include:
• H.R. 720, the “Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act,” which forces a court to impose sanctions on attorneys who bring novel cases. H.R. 720 passed in the House on March 10, 2017 and is currently awaiting Senate consideration.
• H.R. 725, the “Innocent Party Protection Act,” which makes it easier for corporate Defendants to move a case into a more favorable forum. H.R. 725 passed the House on March 9, 2017 and is currently awaiting Senate consideration.
• 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. H.R. 732 has not yet come to a vote in the House.
• 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. 906 has not yet come to a vote in the House.
• H.R. 985, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” which will strip Americans of the ability to join with others to bring consumer, worker, or civil rights class actions against corporations. H.R. 985 passed in the House on March 9, and is currently awaiting Senate consideration. More will be said on this bill below.
• 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 by medical malpractice and dangerous drugs and devices, or when they or their families are injured or killed in a nursing home. H.R. 1215 has not yet come to a vote in the House.
Before Congress votes on these bills, it is imperative that they hear from the folks who would be severely impacted the most by this legislation. Actually, all Americans will be hurt if these bills pass and become law. Please write your members of Congress and ask them to vote against these bills.
Sources: Takejusticeback.com and Congress.gov
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