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Bush Signs Class-Action Legislation Into Law

February 18, 2005

WASHINGTON — President Bush signed legislation into law that places new limits on class-action lawsuits. He praised the measure as a step toward "restoring common sense and balance to America's legal system."

The legislation moves large, multi-state class actions out of state courts and into federal courts, where judges have been more conservative with decisions and damages, reported the Los Angeles Times.

In a ceremony in the White House East Room, Bush said that while such legal actions have value, they "can also be manipulated for personal gain" by lawyers seeking a state court where they can expect the greatest awards.

"This bill helps fix the system," the president said. "Congress has done its duty."

As in the Senate, a significant number of House Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the bill, and Bush said it was "a model of effective bipartisan legislation."

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House Approves Bill on Class-Action Suits

WASHINGTON —- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that puts sharp limits on class-action lawsuits a week after the Senate also passed it. Congress will now send the bill to the president for his signature.