H.R. 720: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

H.R. 720 amends Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability by restoring mandatory sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits, in an effort to protect individuals and businesses from unnecessary legal costs. Specifically, the bill: (1) restores mandatory sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits in violation of Rule 11; (2) removes Rule 11’s ‘‘safe harbor’’ provision that ... Continue reading »
(Source: Republican Policy Committee)

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Overview

Introduced:

Jan 30, 2017

Status:

Passed House on Mar 10, 2017

This bill passed in the House on March 10, 2017 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Sponsor:

Lamar Smith

Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district

Republican

Text:

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 3 pages

Prognosis:

28% chance of being enacted according to PredictGov (details)

History

Jan 30, 2017
 
Introduced

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Feb 24, 2017
 
Ordered Reported by Committee

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Mar 3, 2017
 
On House Schedule

The House indicated that this bill would be considered in the week ahead.

Mar 10, 2017
 
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

 
Passed Senate

 
Signed by the President

H.R. 720 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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