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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mar 8, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor Today: 2 Rule Bills

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

2 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 725 - Innocent Party Protection Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a uniform standard for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit in order to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction.

2) H.R. 985 - Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits a federal court from certifying any proposed class seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking the class action shows that each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative or representatives.

 

115th Congress