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GOP marks National Consumer Protection Week by voting to 'obliterate' class-action lawsuits

GOP marks National Consumer Protection Week by voting to 'obliterate' class-action lawsuits

The Republican-controlled House voted late Thursday to approve the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which purports to protect consumers but does the opposite by making it harder for people to join class-action lawsuits.

The legislation is among a handful of bills that Republican lawmakers have rushed through the House Judiciary Committee in recent weeks while the attention of the public and press has been elsewhere (read: the president’s Twitter feed).

Each bill addresses some aspect of the legal system that businesses find bothersome but that consumer advocates say fosters accountability.

Ironically, Thursday’s vote on class actions came during

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