The ABA Class Action Task Force

The ABA Class Action Task Force was appointed by the President of the ABA to examine the proposed so-called “Class Action Fairness Act” when it was being considered by Congress. The Task Force’s Interim Report and its Final Report criticized various aspects of the legislation, and reflected the divided views of its members.

The so-called “Class Action Fairness Act,” which was opposed by every national consumer organization, civil rights organization, the AFL-CIO, and a number of national unions because they believed the bill would make it more difficult for people harmed by industry wrongdoing to get relief for their injuries, and which was supported by business groups opposed to accountability, was nevertheless passed by Congress and signed into law on February 18, 2005.

A discussion of the statute is contained in Chapter 33 (Class and Representative Actions) of RICHARD T. SEYMOUR AND JOHN F. ASLIN, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE, SPRING 2005 EDITION (BNA, Washington, D.C., 2005), copyright American Bar Association, 2005.

A more detailed discussion is contained in ELIZABETH J. CABRASER AND RICHARD T. SEYMOUR, ANALYSIS, IMPLICATIONS, AND TEXT OF THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT 2005, SPECIAL ALERT TO CALIFORNIA CLASS ACTIONS PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE, CALIFORNIA FORMS OF PLEADING AND PRACTICE (LexisNexis, 2005).