Democrats lose efforts to amend class-action suit legislation

Attempts to amend U.S. Senate legislation aimed at weakening the impact of class-action suits were turned back by the Republican majority, keeping the bill unchanged so it could gain greater favor in the House. Democrats attempted to exclude state-filed civil cases from the bill that would allow defendants to choose whether large class-action suits are tried in state courts or in federal courts, which are considered less likely to award large punitive damages.

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