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Orwellian-named Fairness in Class Action bill aims to restrict consumers' access to court

Orwellian-named Fairness in Class Action bill aims to restrict consumers' access to court

Many companies already forbid you from joining other disgruntled customers in filing a class-action lawsuit, forcing you instead to take your beef to an arbitrator. A bill making its way through the Republican-controlled House would diminish your legal options even more. "The backers of this bill aren't even trying to hide their intentions," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at the advocacy group Public Citizen. "The aim is to wipe out class-action lawsuits." How? By requiring that everyone in the suit have identical injuries or losses, such as experiencing a broken leg because of a car's faulty brakes. People with broken arms...

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