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Short Titles as Passed House

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to House

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
03/10/2017Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 230 - 188 (Roll no. 158).(text: CR H2030)
02/24/2017Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-16.
01/30/2017Introduced in House

All Actions (36)

Date Chamber All Actions
03/13/2017SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
03/10/2017-11:30amHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/10/2017-11:30amHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 230 - 188 (Roll no. 158). (text: CR H2030)
03/10/2017-11:19amHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 186 - 232 (Roll no. 157).
03/10/2017-11:12amHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
03/10/2017-11:05amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back with an amendment to add a section at the end of the bill prohibiting language to be construed to apply to a civil action that implicates the foreign emoluments clause of the United States Constitution.
03/10/2017-11:05amHouseMs. Lofgren moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H2039)
03/10/2017-11:04amHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
03/10/2017-11:03amHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 720.
03/10/2017-11:03amHouseH.Amdt.79 On agreeing to the Jeffries amendment (A004) Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 229 (Roll no. 156).
03/10/2017-10:59amHouseH.Amdt.78 On agreeing to the Conyers amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 227 (Roll no. 155).
03/10/2017-10:54amHouseH.Amdt.77 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 225 (Roll no. 154).
03/10/2017-10:50amHouseH.Amdt.76 On agreeing to the Soto amendment (A001) Failed by recorded vote: 181 - 225 (Roll no. 153).
03/10/2017-10:27amHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
03/10/2017-10:27amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jeffries amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Jeffries demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
03/10/2017-10:19amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jeffries Part A amendment No. 4.
03/10/2017-10:19amHouseH.Amdt.79 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Jeffries. (consideration: CR H2035-2036, H2038; text: CR H2035)
03/10/2017-10:19amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Conyers amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
03/10/2017-10:12amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers Part A amendment No. 3.
03/10/2017-10:12amHouseH.Amdt.78 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Conyers. (consideration: CR H2033-2035, H2037-2038; text: CR H2033)
03/10/2017-10:11amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
03/10/2017-10:04amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 2.
03/10/2017-10:04amHouseH.Amdt.77 Amendment (A002) offered by Ms. Jackson Lee. (consideration: CR H2031-2033, H2036-2037; text: CR H2031)
03/10/2017-10:04amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Soto amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Soto demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
03/10/2017-9:56amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 180, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Soto Part A amendment No. 1.
03/10/2017-9:56amHouseH.Amdt.76 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Soto. (consideration: CR H2030-2031, H2036; text: CR H2030)
03/10/2017-9:15amHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 720.
03/10/2017-9:15amHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
03/10/2017-9:15amHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 180 and Rule XVIII.
03/10/2017-9:14amHouseProviding for consideration of the bills H.R. 720 and H.R. 985.
03/10/2017-9:14amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 180. (consideration: CR H2025-2041)
02/24/2017HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 4.
02/24/2017HouseReported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-16.
01/31/2017HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
01/30/2017HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
01/30/2017HouseIntroduced in House

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Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary01/30/2017 Referred to
02/24/2017 Reported by H. Rept. 115-16
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice01/31/2017 Referred to
Senate Judiciary03/13/2017 Referred to

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Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House without amendment (03/10/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the sanctions provisions in Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require the court to impose an appropriate sanction on any attorney, law firm, or party that has violated, or is responsible for the violation of, the rule with regard to representations to the court. Any sanction must compensate parties injured by the conduct in question.

The bill removes a provision that prohibits filing a motion for sanctions if the challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, or denial is withdrawn or appropriately corrected within 21 days after service or within another time the court sets.

Courts may impose additional sanctions, including striking the pleadings, dismissing the suit, nonmonetary directives, or penalty payments if warranted for effective deterrence.