Class action lawsuit reform bill introduced

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 13, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 1505 (Nicole Parra, D-Hanford) was amended this week with substantive language regarding class action reform in California. According to the findings section of the bill, the lack of clear standards for the certification and management of class actions in California has led to abuses that have harmed plaintiffs with legitimate claims and defendants who have acted responsibly. Such abuses only serve to undermine public respect for the California justice system.

The reforms in AB 1505 are intended to give judges clear statutory rules for handling class action cases as well as greatly reduce the legal ambiguity that often make such lawsuits incredibly costly and time-intensive.

The author of the bill argues that: "It is critical that our judges have clear rules when it comes to handling class action lawsuits, just as judges do at the federal level. This bill brings California up to date with the rest of the nation." She adds, "Ultimately consumers and taxpayers will benefit from the reforms in AB 1505. A more efficient legal system means lower costs for products and services and less crowded courtrooms."

AB 1505 will be heard by the Assembly Judiciary committee at a date not yet determined, but prior to the Legislature’s May 11th policy committee hearing deadline for bills introduced in the same house

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