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A key committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonpartisan association of state legislators with 2,400 members, has approved a model law designed to limit the ability of trial lawyers to file class-action lawsuits that undermine the authority of state regulatory agencies.

The model law was introduced by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) at ALEC’s annual summit in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The model would require trial judges to determine whether the subject of a proposed class-action lawsuit is within the jurisdiction of a state agency. If it is, the judge would be prohibited from certifying the class. The law would require judges to explain their decisions in writing, and would allow either party to immediately appeal the certification ruling to a higher court.

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