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March 6, 2017

Major Legal Reform Push To Hit Congress This Week

A set of legal reform bills are set to go before the U.S. House of Representatives this week “in one of the most comprehensive efforts at legal reform in more than a decade,” writes Law.com.

The major legal reform bills up for consideration include the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and the Furthering Asbestos Trust Transparency Act (HR 985), the Lawsuit Abused Reduction Act of 2017 (HR 720) and the Innocent Party Protection Act (HR 725). Additionally, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 is expected to receive a House vote in the near future.

In a separate editorial, the Oklahoman Editorial Board wrote that the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act  “seeks to bring some balance to the [legal] system, which for too long has enriched trial lawyers” the editorial concludes that the bill “is trying to trade absurdity for a little more common sense” in our civil justice system.

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