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US House prepares to vote on class-action bill

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] is set to vote Thursday on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 [bill summary], which will require multistate class action lawsuits to be brought in federal court. The measure, passed last week by the Senate [JURIST report], is expected to pass in the Republican-run House. Supporters of the bill say that shifting interstate class action suits to federal courts fulfills the original intent of the framers of the US court system, but critics say the measure is an attack on citizens' rights. Reuters has more.

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