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

This was a vote to pass H.R. 720 in the House.

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 monetary sanctions, including attorneys’ fees and compensatory costs, against any party making a frivolous claim.

The bill also specifies that nothing contained within ‘‘shall be construed to bar or impede the assertion or development of new claims, defenses, or remedies under Federal, State, or local laws, including civil rights laws, or under the Constitution.’’

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Aye 54%
 
 
230
227
 
3
 
No 44%
 
 
188
5
 
183
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
11
4
 
7
 

Date: Mar 10, 2017

Question: On Passage of the Bill in the House

Required: Simple Majority

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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