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H.R. 720 (115th): Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

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 currently allows parties and their attorneys to avoid sanctions for making frivolous claims by withdrawing frivolous claims after a motion for sanctions has been filed; and,

(3) requires ...

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Lamar Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 21st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Introduced
Jan 30, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on March 10, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

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Jan 30, 2017
 
Introduced

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Feb 2, 2017
 
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 24, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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Mar 10, 2017
 
Passed House (Senate next)

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

H.R. 720 (115th) was 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.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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