HR 985 Tort Reform (Roll Call 148)
This bill reforms the laws that govern class action lawsuits to make sure that these lawsuits truly represent a ”class” of people who have suffered the same injury. Among other provisions, it requires certification that no relatives or former employees or clients of counsel are involved, limits attorney fees and requires proof that those represented have actually agreed to participate. ACU supports reform of class action lawsuits that are often more for the benefit of attorneys than clients and supported this bill. The House passed the bill on March 9, 2017 by a vote of 220-201.