Grassley, Smith: Make Lawyers Pay for Frivolous Suits

Friday, 11 Mar 2011 02:59 PM

By Dan Weil

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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.

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“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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