Senate flubs chance to give legal system needed repair

11/03/2003
The US Senate has passed up a chance to remove a heavy and growing burden from the economy.On Oct. 22, it blocked a proposal to limit class-action lawsuits, in which plaintiffs combine cases against a single defendant.The action was the second setback to President George W. Bush's effort to reform a legal system enriching lawyers and plaintiffs at the ballooning expense of everyone else.In July, Congress rejected a bill to limit damages in medical malpractice suits.The latest bill would have shifted to federal courts class-action cases involving at least 100 plaintiffs and $5 million in damages.Plaintiffs' attorneys now file class-action suits in state courts with reputations for ...
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