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Editorials on class action reform



Every time the class action bill looks as if it may be nearing Congressional action, the Chicago Tribune publishes a well-reasoned editorial in favor of it -- here's the latest -- while the New York Times publishes a dyspeptic rant against. This time the editorialists at the Times fret that the ultimate effect of the bill will be "to dilute the impact of the strong consumer protection laws in many states". Martin Grace wonders what the paper is talking about, since the bill would in general instruct federal courts to apply the various state laws in question. He thinks he's figured out what upsets the Times: it would be harder for class action lawyers to arrange to get the laws of the most favorable states applied to other transactions which arose outside those states.

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Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.