After House OK, President Bush Signs Class Action Reform into Law

By | February 18, 2005

  • February 18, 2005 at 7:26 am
    khari scott says:
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    this reform is a waist of time, because it is now going to be very hard for the violated person to take action

  • February 18, 2005 at 7:36 am
    David Ottoson says:
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    “Violated Person”???

    The only one violated by this are the law firms that bilk the system and the economy at your expense! If class action suits were done pro bono, perhaps there would be validity in your response and no law would have been necessary.

  • February 18, 2005 at 9:54 am
    Arthur Ciszek says:
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    First of all, thanks for the wasted space in your useless comment.

    Second, it is about time that something was done with regards to regulating class-action lawsuits. It has gotten out of hand, and has caused the medical profession here in IL to be in dire straits due to the hellish cost of malpractice insurance. Perhaps this may prevent the “Caution: Coffee is hot” or “Warning: Ice may be slippery” scenarios from happening again. Hooray! HOORAY! Score one for the good guys.

  • February 18, 2005 at 1:12 am
    Ken Shearer says:
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    It has to help. Of all the enriched by asbestos claims, not more than 1% were owed anything. Asbestos alone has ripped off and bankrupted hundreds of manufacturers and service companies. Insurance companies have been forced to defend and pay for much of this even though most claims weren’t owed because, 1) the events didn’tmeet the definition of accident or occurrence, 2) the policy limits were exhausted, 3)the statute of limitations had run, and 4),in some cases there wasn’t even a policy. Courts have granted a license to keep taking money from insurers to pay not-covered claims and, if allowed to keep going they could steal the entire net worth of all of the old insurance companies.

    KBS

  • February 18, 2005 at 1:21 am
    butch nowak says:
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    ed liddy ceo of allstate was a big pusher on this bill because they can now cost out breaking the law .like they did with their employee agents.it makes it real cosy for corporate america the real crooks.

  • February 18, 2005 at 1:28 am
    carroll williamson says:
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    I wanted to comment something about Bush. But my mother always said “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all”. So, i guess i will keep my comments about George W. Bush to myself.

  • February 18, 2005 at 2:30 am
    Hank says:
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    I couldn’t be more pleased to see this first step taken on the long road to true tort reform in this country. Obviously, from other comments, they don’t share the same feelings and want to make it political, rather than looking at the big picture and the legal abuses that have plagued the system longer than I can remember.
    Those persons and companies that deserve to be prosecuted for their transgressions will still pay the price, but reform is necessary to stop the frivolous suits and class actions that only enrich the attorneys shopping for someone to sue.

    I say hooray for Congress having the guts to pass this.

  • February 18, 2005 at 4:35 am
    Tom Langan says:
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    I’m with Hank. As for politics, if you ever wanted a great reason for not having a Kerry/Edwards White House, this is it. Now on to more tort reform!

  • February 19, 2005 at 5:57 am
    Randy Videen says:
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    The law does not have much of an effect upon asbestos lawsuits. Asbestos suits are not class action suits.
    Asbestos suits are often filed individually or with small groups of plaintiffs.
    This is a great first step but we need some type of ovreall venue restrictions to eliminate forum shopping and of course medical criteria to eliminate those who are not sick from filing.
    For those who like to make this a strictly political issue please consider that 72 senators voted for the bills enactment.

  • February 19, 2005 at 7:28 am
    etimer says:
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    I was rolling on the floor laughing. I heard a spokes person the American Bar say, “This law will bar the citizens from the court system.” Yea right!!! All it will do is bar is choosing a venue that doles out money to the class action attorney machines.

    Are the class action attorney’s telling us that you can’t get a good trial in Federal Court? No I think what they are saying is it will be a “fair and balanced” trial with people intelligent enough to see through the smoke.

    This is a very big step in changing the out of control American tort system.

  • February 19, 2005 at 7:34 am
    etimer says:
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    Dear carroll williamson . What ya have a problem with tort reform. You haven’t been one of those feeding at the trough have you? Maybe you are one of those smokers that couldn’t read, didn’t have a radio, didn’t have a TV, didn’t listen your doctor and never knew smoking was bad for you?

  • February 19, 2005 at 12:13 pm
    Jessica says:
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    I would be interested to know the number of abuse cases. I was informed of a class
    action lawsuit that I was suppose to be a part of with the telephone company charging to much money and another one with, I believe ups, overcharging for something. I never responded, and never collected, however, if these companies did overcharge it would be millions of people involved and each person would not expect to get millions of dollars back. BUT THE COMPANIES INDEED SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OVERCHARGING.

  • February 21, 2005 at 6:08 am
    etimer says:
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    I never responded, and never collected,

    “”I never responded, and never collected,””
    In your posting you said what it is exactly about, you didn’t get the money but who do you think got millions $$$$. So you get $10 and the law firm gets $10 million. Do you really think their heart is in it for your $10 dollars? Do you really think they are going about an altruistic existence in our society like some benevolent organization? If you believe that I have some good swamp land to sell you.

    Because of all the nonsense that has taken place in the past 30 years we live in a society of insane, redundant, inane directions and considerations. Products now come with safety directions such as, don’t use your electric hair dryer while standing in the shower; radio headsets that warn not to listen at extremely high volumes; my portable CD player warns not to place lighted candles or cigarettes on it; in fact I just looked at the safety instructions for my battery operated portable CD player and there were 19 bulleted precautions.

    The hidden cost of the $10 dollars you may have gotten from a Class Action is increased costs to manufacture and increased liability costs, which by the way, in a Capitalist society that cost gets passed on to us. So in a way we are all paying for the $10 million that went to the law firm.

    For all the minimal claims of “right to society”, Class Action has brought insanity to our society. It is time to bring back personal responsibility to our society. Yep that coffee is hot…don’t place it in your lap!!! You do a balancing act on the last step of a step ladder you may fall!!!!



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