Colorado Rep. Ken Buck and Utah Sen. Mike Lee are two of the most reliable defenders of limited government and free markets in Congress. That’s why is it odd that they have teamed up to introduce the State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act (HR 3460/S. 1787). The heart of this bill is that it exempts antitrust suits brought by state attorneys general from the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation (JPMD) process.
The JPMD allows lawsuits against the same defendant and based on the same set of facts to be consolidated into one case and transferred to one jurisdiction. This system promotes efficiency by ensuring that courts are not cluttered with multiple versions of the same lawsuit.