Text: H.R.2655 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)
Referred in Senate (11/18/2013)
[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 2655 Referred in Senate (RFS)]
H. R. 2655
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 18, 2013
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve
attorney accountability, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of
SEC. 2. ATTORNEY ACCOUNTABILITY.
(a) Sanctions Under Rule 11.--Rule 11(c) of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure is amended--
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``may'' and inserting
(2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``Rule 5'' and all that
follows through ``motion.'' and inserting ``Rule 5.''; and
(3) in paragraph (4), by striking ``situated'' and all that
follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting
``situated, and to compensate the parties that were injured by
such conduct. Subject to the limitations in paragraph (5), the
sanction shall consist of an order to pay to the party or
parties the amount of the reasonable expenses incurred as a
direct result of the violation, including reasonable attorneys'
fees and costs. The court may also impose additional
appropriate sanctions, such as striking the pleadings,
dismissing the suit, or other directives of a nonmonetary
nature, or, if warranted for effective deterrence, an order
directing payment of a penalty into the court.''.
(b) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this Act or an amendment made
by this Act shall be construed to bar or impede the assertion or
development of new claims, defenses, or remedies under Federal, State,
or local laws, including civil rights laws, or under the Constitution
of the United States.
Passed the House of Representatives November 14, 2013.
KAREN L. HAAS,