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01/17/05.CLASS ACTION BILL--After the House cleared the legislation designed to shift many class action suits from state to federal courts, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., left, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. R-Wis., and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., and (seated) Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., talk to reporters after signing the bill to make it ready for President Bush's signature..From CQ Today: "Final passage of the bill (S 5) by 279-149 marked the biggest victory in years for President Bush and business community advocates of overhauling the civil justice system. The Senate passed the measure Feb. 10 by a vote of 72-26..Before voting on the bill, the House rejected by 175-249 a motion to recommit by Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that have would exempted class action cases involving the drug Vioxx, a pain relief medication withdrawn from the market because of heart attack risks..The House rejected by 178-247 a Democratic substitute offered by Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat John Conyers of Michigan that incorporated amendments rejected in the Senate last week.".CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL

01/17/05.CLASS ACTION BILL--After the House cleared the legislation designed to shift many class action suits from state to federal courts, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., left, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. R-Wis., and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., and (seated) Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., talk to reporters after signing the bill to make it ready for President Bush's signature..From CQ Today: "Final...
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