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House Passes Class Action Fairness Act

Location: Washington, DC

House Passes Class Action Fairness Act
February 17, 2005

WASHINGTON - First District Congressman Paul Ryan today voted in favor of bipartisan compromise legislation that would prevent class action abuse, cut down on lawyers' shopping for friendly forums in magnet jurisdictions, and put in place a "consumer class action bill of rights." This bill - S. 5, the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 - passed the House by a vote of 279-149. The Senate already passed this measure.

"Class action lawsuit abuse is a drain on our legal system and must be addressed," Ryan said. "This legislation will help stop lawyers who routinely manipulate certain courts and leave consumers with little to gain."

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