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H.R.2655: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about law
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Sponsor Lamar Smith, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 7 (All Republicans)
Introduced July 11, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 18, 2013
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Bill Summary

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

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 - 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. Requires any sanction to compensate parties injured by the conduct in question.

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that prohibits filing a motion for sanctions if the challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, or denial is withdrawn or appropriately corrected within 21 days after service or within another time the court sets.

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

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 18, 2013 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Nov. 14, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Nov. 14, 2013

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 - 195 (Roll no. 581). (text: CR H7069)

Nov. 14, 2013

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 197 - 225 (Roll no. 580).

Nov. 14, 2013 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H7078)
Nov. 14, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lewis motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to prohibit provisions of the bill from applying to any cases brought under civil rights laws or the Constitution.
Nov. 14, 2013 Mr. Lewis moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary. (consideration: CR H7077-7078; text: CR H7077)
Nov. 14, 2013 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H7077)
Nov. 14, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 2655.
Nov. 14, 2013 The resolution provides for the consideration of H.R. 2655 and H.R. 982. In the case of H.R. 2655, the resolution provides for one hour of debate and one motion to recommit. In the case of H.R. 982, the resolution provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. The resolution also provides for one motion to recommit the bill H.R. 982.
Nov. 14, 2013 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 403. (consideration: CR H7069-7079)
Nov. 12, 2013 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 403 Reported to House. The resolution provides for the consideration of H.R. 2655 and H.R. 982. In the case of H.R. 2655, the resolution provides for one hour of debate and one motion to recommit. In the case of H.R. 982, the resolution provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. The resolution also provides for one motion to recommit the bill H.R. 982.
Oct. 30, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 181.
Oct. 30, 2013 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-255.
Sept. 11, 2013 Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 17 - 10.
Sept. 11, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
July 17, 2013 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by the Yeas and Nays: 6 - 2 .
July 17, 2013 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
July 15, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
July 11, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.