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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Short Titles as Reported to House

Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Short Titles as Introduced

Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the procedures that apply to consideration of interstate class actions to assure fairer outcomes for class members and defendants, to outlaw certain practices that provide inadequate settlements for class members, to assure that attorneys do not receive a disproportionate amount of settlements at the expense of class members, to provide for clearer and simpler information in class action settlement notices, to assure prompt consideration of interstate class actions, to amend title 28, United States Code, to allow the application of the principles of Federal diversity jurisdiction to interstate class actions, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date
06/12/2003 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 253 - 170 (Roll no. 272).
06/09/2003 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 108-144.
03/06/2003 Introduced in House

All Actions (43)

Date Chamber
06/12/2003 Senate Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
06/12/2003-3:21pm House On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 253 - 170 (Roll no. 272).
06/12/2003-3:21pm House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/12/2003-3:15pm House On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 240 (Roll no. 271).
06/12/2003-2:58pm House The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
06/12/2003-2:50pm House DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Weiner motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill be reported back to the House with amendments which change the effective date of the bill and also, strike section 6 of the bill (APPEALS OF CLASS ACTION CERTIFICATION ORDERS).
06/12/2003-2:48pm House Mr. Weiner moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary. (consideration: CR H5405-5406; text: CR H5305)
06/12/2003-2:47pm House The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
06/12/2003-2:47pm House The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
06/12/2003-2:45pm House The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1115.
06/12/2003-2:45pm House H.Amdt.170 On agreeing to the Sandlin amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 170 - 255 (Roll no. 270).
06/12/2003-2:36pm House H.Amdt.169 On agreeing to the Lofgren amendment (A004) Failed by recorded vote: 186 - 234 (Roll no. 269).
06/12/2003-2:29pm House H.Amdt.168 On agreeing to the Jackson-Lee (TX) amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 238 (Roll no. 268).
06/12/2003-2:10pm House ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS - The Chair announced that proceedings will resume on the following amendments postponed earlier today in the following order: Amendment offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, amendment offered by Ms. Lofgren, and amendment in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Sandlin.
06/12/2003-2:09pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Sandlin amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Sandlin demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
06/12/2003-1:48pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to H. Res. 269 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Sandlin amendment.
06/12/2003-1:46pm House H.Amdt.170 Amendment (A005) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Sandlin. (consideration: CR H5299-5303, H5304-5405; text: CR H5299-5300)
06/12/2003-1:46pm House POSTPONED VOTE - At the conclusion of debate on the Lofgren amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
06/12/2003-1:38pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to H. Res. 269 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lofgren amendment.
06/12/2003-1:37pm House H.Amdt.169 Amendment (A004) offered by Ms. Lofgren. (consideration: CR H5297-5299, H5303-5304; text: CR H5297)
06/12/2003-1:37pm House POSTPONED VOTE - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson-Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson-Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.
06/12/2003-1:29pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to H. Res. 269 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson-Lee amendment.
06/12/2003-1:28pm House H.Amdt.168 Amendment (A003) offered by Ms. Jackson-Lee (TX). (consideration: CR H5296-5297, H5303; text: CR H5296)
06/12/2003-1:28pm House H.Amdt.167 On agreeing to the Sensenbrenner amendment (A002) Agreed to by voice vote.
06/12/2003-1:19pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to H. Res. 269 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sensenbrenner amendment.
06/12/2003-1:17pm House H.Amdt.167 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Sensenbrenner. (consideration: CR H5296-5297, H5303; text: CR H5296)
06/12/2003-1:17pm House H.Amdt.166 On agreeing to the Judiciary amendment (A001) Agreed to without objection.
06/12/2003-1:16pm House H.Amdt.166 Amendment in the nature of a substitute reported by the House Committee on Judiciary. (consideration: CR H5292-5294; text: CR H5292-5294)
06/12/2003-12:04pm House GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1115.
06/12/2003-12:03pm House The Speaker designated the Honorable Steven C. LaTourette to act as Chairman of the Committee.
06/12/2003-12:03pm House House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 269 and Rule XXIII.
06/12/2003-12:03pm House Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1115 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
06/12/2003-12:03pm House Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 269. (consideration: CR H5271-5307)
06/12/2003-11:55am House Rule H. Res. 269 passed House.
06/11/2003-7:35pm House Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 269 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1115 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
06/09/2003 House Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 73.
06/09/2003 House Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 108-144.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/21/2003 House Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 20 - 14.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/21/2003 House Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/15/2003 House Committee Hearings Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/06/2003 House Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
03/06/2003 House Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E405-406)
03/06/2003 House Introduced in House

Cosponsors (50)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Stenholm, Charles W. [D-TX-17]* 03/06/2003
Rep. DeLay, Tom [R-TX-22]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Dooley, Calvin M. [D-CA-20]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Hyde, Henry J. [R-IL-6]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Holden, Tim [D-PA-17]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Cox, Christopher [R-CA-48]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [D-AL-5]* 03/06/2003
Rep. Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8] 03/12/2003
Rep. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ-6] 03/20/2003
Rep. Emanuel, Rahm [D-IL-5] 03/27/2003
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4] 04/02/2003
Rep. Hostettler, John N. [R-IN-8] 04/09/2003
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] 04/10/2003
Rep. Chocola, Chris [R-IN-2] 04/11/2003
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 05/09/2003
Rep. McHugh, John M. [R-NY-23] 05/09/2003
Rep. Northup, Anne M. [R-KY-3] 05/09/2003
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6] 05/13/2003
Rep. Cunningham, Randy (Duke) [R-CA-50] 05/13/2003
Rep. Cannon, Chris [R-UT-3] 05/13/2003
Rep. Hart, Melissa A. [R-PA-4] 05/13/2003
Rep. Barrett, J. Gresham [R-SC-3] 05/15/2003
Rep. Baker, Richard H. [R-LA-6] 05/19/2003
Rep. Feeney, Tom [R-FL-24] 05/19/2003
Rep. Keller, Ric [R-FL-8] 05/21/2003
Rep. Pence, Mike [R-IN-6] 05/21/2003
Rep. Gallegly, Elton [R-CA-24] 05/21/2003
Rep. Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] 05/21/2003
Rep. Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1] 06/02/2003
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 06/02/2003
Rep. Bradley, Jeb [R-NH-1] 06/04/2003
Rep. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS-1] 06/04/2003
Rep. Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [R-VA-5] 06/04/2003
Rep. Biggert, Judy [R-IL-13] 06/09/2003
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-2] 06/09/2003
Rep. Kennedy, Mark R. [R-MN-6] 06/09/2003
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32] 06/09/2003
Rep. Osborne, Tom [R-NE-3] 06/09/2003
Rep. DeMint, Jim [R-SC-4] 06/09/2003
Rep. Souder, Mark E. [R-IN-3] 06/09/2003
Rep. Schrock, Edward L. [R-VA-2] 06/09/2003
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 06/09/2003
Rep. Putnam, Adam H. [R-FL-12] 06/09/2003
Rep. Sullivan, John [R-OK-1] 06/09/2003
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 06/09/2003
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-44] 06/09/2003

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary03/06/2003 Referred to
05/15/2003 Hearings by
05/21/2003 Markup by
06/09/2003 Reported by H. Rept. 108-144
Senate Judiciary06/12/2003 Referred to

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Subjects (26)

  • Appellate courts
  • Appellate procedure
  • Class actions (Civil procedure)
  • Congressional reporting requirements
  • Damages
  • Discovery (Law)
  • Discrimination
  • District courts
  • Government paperwork
  • Injunctions
  • Judicial review
  • Jurisdiction
  • Legal advertising and soliciting
  • Legal fees
  • Limitation of actions
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Radio broadcasting
  • State courts
  • Supreme Court decisions
  • Television broadcasting

Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House amended (06/12/2003)

Class Action Fairness Act of 2003 - (Sec. 3) Amends the Federal judicial code to prohibit a Federal district court from approving a proposed class action settlement under which: (1) members would receive non-cash benefits or would be required to expend funds in order to obtain proposed benefits unless the court finds, after a hearing, that the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate; (2) any member is obligated to pay sums to class counsel that would result in a net loss to the member unless the court finds that non-monetary benefits to the member outweigh the monetary loss; (3) greater sums would be paid to some class members than to others solely on the basis of their closer geographic proximity to the court; or (4) a greater share would be paid to a class representative than to other class members (with an exception for any court approved payment for reasonable time or costs for fulfilling representative obligations).

(Sec. 4) Grants Federal district courts original jurisdiction of any civil action in which the matter in controversy exceeds $5 million, exclusive of interest and costs, and is a class action in which any member of a class of plaintiffs is: (1) a citizen of a State different from any defendant; (2) a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state and any defendant is a citizen of a State; or (3) a citizen of a State and any defendant is a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state.

Authorizes a district court to decline to exercise jurisdiction over a class action in which greater than one-third but less than two-thirds of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate and the primary defendants are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed, based on consideration of whether: (1) the claims asserted involve matters of national or interstate interest; (2) the claims asserted will be governed by laws other than those of the State in which the action was originally filed; (3) in the case of a class action originally filed in a State court, the class action has been pleaded in a manner that seeks to avoid Federal jurisdiction; (4) the number of citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed in all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate is substantially larger than the number of citizens from any other State, and the citizenship of the other members of the proposed class is dispersed among a substantial number of States; and (5) one or more class actions asserting the same or similar claims on behalf of the same or other persons have been or may be filed.

Makes exceptions where: (1) two-thirds or more of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate and the primary defendants are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed; (2) the primary defendants are States, State officials, or other governmental entities against whom the district court may be foreclosed from ordering relief; or (3) the number of members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate is less than 100. Lists other exceptions, including class actions involving certain securities claims and claims involving the internal affairs or governance of a corporation that arise under the laws of the State of incorporation.

(Sec. 5) Sets forth provisions governing the removal of interstate class actions to U.S. district court. Permits removal by: (1) any defendant without the consent of all defendants; or (2) any plaintiff class member who is not a named or representative class member without the consent of all class members (after a class certification order has been entered). Provides for review by appeal of orders remanding class actions to State courts.

(Sec. 6) Grants the courts of appeals jurisdiction for appeals of U.S. district court orders granting or denying class certification if notice of appeal is filed within ten days after entry of the order.

(Sec. 7) Directs that the amendments to rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the order entered by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2003 (pertaining to the manner in which Federal courts handle class actions, including a requirement that class certification notices to class members present specified information in plain, easily understood language) take effect on the date of this Act's enactment or on December 1, 2003, whichever occurs first.

(Sec. 8) Makes this Act applicable to any civil action commenced: (1) on or after this Act's enactment date; and (2) before such date if a class certification order is entered on or after such date.