House Passes Bill Limiting Class Actions

On January 8, 2016, H.R. 1927 passed the United States House of Representatives.  In addition to provisions dealing with disclosure of information concerning asbestos trusts, the bill provides that federal courts may not certify any class seeking monetary relief for “personal injury or economic loss” unless the class representative “affirmatively demonstrates that each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative.”  The proposed act – entitled “Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016 — has been sent to the Senate, where prospects for passage remain uncertain.  Stay tuned.