Civil actions; filed on behalf of multiple persons. (HB505)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Civil actions filed on behalf of multiple persons. Provides that a circuit court may enter an order joining, coordinating, consolidating, or transferring civil actions upon finding that separate civil actions brought by a plaintiff on behalf of multiple similarly situated persons involve common questions of law or fact and arise out of the same transaction, occurrence, or series of transactions or occurrences. The bill requires the Supreme Court to promulgate rules no later than November 1, 2022, governing such actions. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2023. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22102203D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/28/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB505)
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
02/15/2022Left in Courts of Justice


MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill would have allowed for class action suits in state courts. There is currently no state court mechanism for a class action suit in Virginia. The House Courts of Justice subcommittee assigned to review the bill opted to lay it on the table.

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