UPDATE 5-U.S. Senate halts class action bill


(Raises paragraph on donor support higher) By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at limiting class action lawsuits, dashing the hopes of President George W. Bush and other Republicans for curbs on what they call runaway litigation against business. The action on a procedural vote handed victory to lawyers and consumer groups over corporate interests who have sought the legislation for years -- and may have to wait until at ...

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