House Passes Frivolous Suit Bill, Consumer Groups Protest

Law360, New York (November 15, 2013, 5:47 PM EST) -- A bill aimed at reducing federal litigation by modifying a procedural rule to force judges to levy sanctions against attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, drawing criticism from consumer groups who said the legislation would stymie legitimate claims.

The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 would undo 1993 changes to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which give judges discretion in deciding whether to sanction lawyers who initiate groundless litigation. It would reinstate mandatory sanctions for...
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