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Senate rejects exception to class action bill for state AGs

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 60-39 [roll call vote] Wednesday to table an amendment to the draft Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 [bill summary]. The bill calls for the shifting of most class action lawsuits to federal courts and the amendment considered and defeated Wednesday would have created an exception for cases brought by state attorneys general. Ignoring a letter from 46 state AGs that said the bill will "stop them doing an important part of their job," supporters of the bill said that amending the measure "could possibly derail the whole bill." Reuters has more.

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