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February 3, 2017

House Panel Approves Bill Mandating Sanctions on Frivolous Lawsuits

Yesterday, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-6 vote writes Law360.

“The current lack of mandatory sanctions leads to the regular filing of lawsuits that are baseless,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “So many frivolous pleadings currently go under the radar because the lack of mandatory sanctions for frivolous filings forces victims of frivolous lawsuits to roll over and settle… because doing that is less expensive than litigating the case to a victory in the court.”

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act would change Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to remove judicial discretion from the decision to impose sanctions when a party makes a frivolous claim in court. 

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