About the bill
H.R. 985 prohibits a federal court from certifying any proposed class seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking the class action shows that each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative or representatives. The bill requires a court, in issuing a class certification order for any class subject to the bill’s requirements, to also certify that those requirements have been met based on a rigorous analysis of the evidence presented, and requires that class action lawyers should only get paid after the victims get paid and orders any third-party funding agreement to be disclosed to the district court.
H.R. 985 also includes the text of H.R. 906, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 16 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on March 9, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.
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2 Cosponsors (2 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Goodlatte Praises House Passage of Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act”
— Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018] (Sponsor) on Mar 9, 2017
What stakeholders are saying
Jan 8, 2016
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 1927 (114th).
Feb 9, 2017
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Feb 15, 2017
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Mar 7, 2017
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary
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Mar 9, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
H.R. 985 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 985. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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