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22 Feb 2017 New Bill Could Be a Game-Changer for MDLs and Class Actions

  The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, introduced in the U.S. House and approved by the Judiciary Committee last week, proposes far-reaching changes to the rules governing multidistrict litigations (MDLs), removals and class actions. Sponsored by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), the bill’s stated purpose is to assure recoveries for plaintiffs with “legitimate claims” while also diminishing abuses that are “undermining the integrity of the U.S. legal system.”   MDLs   Much of the published commentary…