Committee Report: FAIRNESS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ACT OF 2015
Posted on January 5. 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a floor vote on Wednesday, January 6 for the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015” (H.R. 1927). In a clever move, the FACT Act of 2015 was combined with the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015.
Sadly, at the same time as the votes are counted on Wednesday, a 20-year-old mother from Texas will be undergoing surgery to remove one lung that is incrusted with mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer.
H.R. 1927 will impact the nation.
H.R. 1927 will delay and deny justice and will put innocent victims and their families at greater risk of identity theft. Not only does H.R. 1927 further victimize asbestos victims, this flawed bill will bar consumer, antitrust, employment and civil rights class actions. It is reprehensible that the asbestos industry continues to lobby Congress and waste precious and limited floor time, once again fighting against the rights of asbestos victims.
As Yogi Berra said, “It’s like deja–vu, all over again.”
This will be the second time Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) will have the so-called “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013” (H.R.982) voted on again.
Since the House passed H.R.982 in November 13, 2013:
- An estimated 30,000 more Americans have died from preventable asbestos diseases
- Congress has allowed over 1,000 tons of asbestos to cross our borders
- Without a ban, Asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA
Join in solidarity and send your letter to Congress urging them to stand up for Americans and BAN ASBESTOS! The time is now to protect public health, consumer safety, the environment, and asbestos victims’ civil rights.