S.237 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 01/30/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 11/08/2017 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.237 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (01/30/2017)
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017
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that prohibits filing a motion for sanctions if the challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, or denial is withdrawn or appropriately corrected within 21 days after service or within another time the court sets.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.