Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act which put new restriction on class actions. Of course, as you would expect the name is very misleading. It is apparent that fairness has nothing to do with this bill.
The bill requires that every individual in the class prove that they suffered the same scope and type of injury before a federal court will certify the class. This will make it extremely difficult for injured plaintiffs to file a class action because injuries, even if caused by the same event will fall all across a spectrum in terms of type and severity. For example, if a deck collapsed on a cruise line injuring hundreds of people – there could be injuries that ranged from death to broken bones to soft tissue damages. In this example there could be no class action because the plaintiffs all suffered different types of harm even though it was from the same event.
This is of particular concern for asbestos victims who seek compensation through multi-district litigation or MDL. While asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma, it can cause a whole host of different medical issues with varying severities. This variance would pose a problem for the MDL should legislation pass through the senate.
The Paul Law Firm advocates for victims of asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, call the Paul Law Firm. With over 2.5 billion dollars collected for victims of asbestos exposure, we have the knowledge and the experience to fight for you. We also understand that fighting doesn't just happen in the courtroom. It also happens in a lab where we are fighting for a cure. Check out the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America here.
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