Congressional Republicans who pushed through a class action overhaul bill in 2005 said they hoped to block plaintiffs attorneys from forum shopping and obtaining settlements in which consumers received coupons worth a pittance while they reaped millions.

But the sponsors probably didn’t expect the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 to result in a federal judge in West Palm Beach collecting recreation fees from senior citizen condominium owners who claim they were paying the fees without access to recreational services.

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