AAJ Statement on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 Markup in the House Judiciary Committee
Washington, DC— The following is a statement from American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen on today’s markup of the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015” [H.R. 1927] in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary:
“There is absolutely nothing ‘fair’ about the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which stacks the deck against Americans who seek to hold corporations accountable in court if they break consumer protection laws.
“The central question in a class action is – and should remain – whether a corporation has engaged in misconduct that harmed consumers. H.R. 1927 will force the court to ignore alleged corporate wrongdoing and instead requires the impossible determination of whether each consumer has suffered exactly the same loss as the named plaintiff.
“Most Americans do not have the financial resources to individually take on powerful corporations, leaving class actions as the only way to level the playing field and ensure that consumers can seek justice for widespread corporate scams and abuses. By eviscerating federal class actions, H.R. 1927 revokes Americans’ ability to turn to the courts if they are swindled, and corporations will be off-the-hook if they sell defective products, engage in widespread price-fixing schemes, or defraud consumers with deceptive advertising.
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