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HR 720 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 - National Key Vote

Peter Roskam voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (230-188) - (Key vote)
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Title: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

A vote to pass a bill that requires judges to fine attorneys whose cases are determined to be without merit.

  • Requires the court to impose sanctions on any attorney or party who violates Rule 11(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which states that attorneys or unrepresented parties to a lawsuit must provide certification that (Sec. 2):
    • The pleading is not being presented for any improper use, such as harassment or increased litigation costs;
    • The claims, defenses, and other legal contentions are warranted by existing law or a non-frivolous argument for modifying or establishing a law;
    • The facts are supported by evidence; and
    • The denials of factual contentions are warranted based on the evidence or a lack of information.
  • Amends Rule 11(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to remove the 21-day period after filing the suit, during which an attorney or unrepresented party may withdraw a suit before sanctions are imposed (Sec. 2).
  • Requires the sanction to consist of an order to pay the opposing party’s expenses incurred as a direct result of the violation, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs (Sec. 2). 
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017


  • Lamar S. Smith (TX - R) (Out Of Office)


  • Jason Chaffetz (UT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Blake R. Farenthold (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Trent Franks (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert W. 'Bob' Goodlatte (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter A. 'Pete' Sessions (TX - R) (Out Of Office)

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