House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Iowan Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are taking action against frivolous lawsuits.
|Rep. Lamar Smith
“The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which we introduced Wednesday, evens the playing field by imposing monetary sanctions against attorneys who file frivolous suits,” the duo writes on Politico
. “The bill simply says that cases brought to court must be based on facts and reasonable interpretations of the law.”
If a judge finds that not to be the case, the lawyer bringing it should be disciplined or forced to reimburse the defendant’s legal fees, they argue.
“Establishing a system that holds attorneys accountable for frivolous claims is not new,” Grassley and Smith write. There was a strong one in place until 1993, but the rules have been watered down, creating widespread lawsuit abuse.
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