Consumer Confidential: ‘Fairness in Class Action’ Bill Aims to Restrict Consumers’ Access to Court

Many companies already forbid you from joining other disgruntled customers in filing a class-action lawsuit, forcing you instead to take your beef to an arbitrator. A bill making its way through the Republican-controlled House would diminish your legal options even more. “The backers of this bill aren’t even trying to hide their intentions,” said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at the advocacy group Public Citizen....

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