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Illinois High Court Reviews Class Action Rules

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – An Illinois Supreme Court committee is considering whether potential class-action lawsuits should meet a higher standard before being granted the special status.

Advocates say a stricter standard would create more uniformity in which cases are given class action status. Opponents say the stiffer requirements aren't needed because many judges already use tough standards to decide which cases get the special designation.

Monday, the rules committee of the state's high court heard testimony from both sides on the proposal.

The committee will make a recommendation on the proposal to the Supreme Court, which has not said when it will act.

Under current court rules, plaintiffs are required to show that the number of people in a class is so large that individual suits would not be practical.

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