House Passes Bill to Bully Americans Out of Their Rights

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For Immediate Release: November 14, 2013

Contact: Katie Gommel
202-965-3500, ext. 6645

House Passes Bill to Bully Americans Out of Their Rights

Bill Returns the Courts to Failed Rules That Judges Do Not Want

Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc in response to the passage of H.R. 2655 by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“At a time when our courts are already suffering from persistent underfunding, today Congress voted to add unnecessary burdens and delays to the civil justice system.
“H.R. 2655 is little more than a Congressional takeover of the judicial system.  It will force our courts and judges down a path that is known to be unnecessary and counterproductive.
“When these rules were in effect from 1983 to 1993, they created additional litigation and added costly hurdles to justice for Americans who were targets of discrimination and civil rights violations.
“Congress should focus efforts on improving access to justice instead of passing legislation that allows corporations to bully Americans out of court and out of vindicating their rights.”

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