H.R. 2655: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013

Introduced:
Jul 11, 2013
Status:
Passed House
Prognosis
20% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Lamar Smith
Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Nov 18, 2013
Length
3 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 966 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jul 07, 2011

S. 1288 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 11, 2013

 
Status

This bill passed in the House on November 14, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Progress
Introduced Jul 11, 2013
Referred to Committee Jul 11, 2013
Reported by Committee Sep 11, 2013
Passed House Nov 14, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

20% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

To amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes.

Summary

No summaries available.

Votes
Nov 14, 2013 3:02 p.m.
Passed 228/195

Cosponsors
7 cosponsors (7R) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

The Constitution and Civil Justice

Senate Judiciary

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

 
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Library of Congress Summary

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11/14/2013--Passed House without amendment.
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 - Amends the sanctions provisions in Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require the court to impose an appropriate sanction on any attorney, law firm, or party that has violated, or is responsible for the violation of, the rule with regard to representations to the court. Requires any sanction to compensate parties injured by the conduct in question.
Removes a provision that prohibits filing a motion for sanctions if the challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, or denial is withdrawn or appropriately corrected within 21 days after service or within another time the court sets.
Authorizes the court to impose additional sanctions, including striking the pleadings, dismissing the suit, nonmonetary directives, or penalty payments if warranted for effective deterrence.

House Republican Conference Summary

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