Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 720 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Mar 7, 2017 10:29 AM

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Conyers (MI)


Exempts from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right

Jackson Lee (TX)


Strikes provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted.

Jeffries (NY)


Exempts actions pertaining to whistleblowers

Raskin (MD)


Precludes application of mandatory sanctions under F.R.Civ.P. 11 in actions pertaining ethics in government.

Soto (FL)


Reinstates the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period.

Swalwell (CA)


Excludes from the underlying bill civil actions arising under our immigration laws.