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Bush signs act that restricts class action suits in state courts

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:499
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    President George Bush has signed the controversial Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which limits eligibility for filing class action suits in state courts, saying the act is a “critical step toward ending the lawsuit culture in our country.”

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    President Bush signs Class Action Fairness Act in the White House

    Credit: EVAN VUCCI/AP

    At the signing ceremony, President Bush charged that “junk lawsuits” caused small businesses to “close their doors for good.” He said that such lawsuits forced up the total cost of the US …

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