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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

US House passes bill to sanction lawyers for allegedly frivolous lawsuits

March 16, 2017
In The News

BATON ROUGE — A new bill passed recently by the U.S. House of Representatives would make the lawyers who file allegedly frivolous lawsuits accountable.

The bill, House Resolution 720, which passed by a vote of 230-188 on March 10, is known as the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, or LARA, according to a report on Bloomberg BNA. The bill, if signed into law, would make sanctions mandatory on attorneys who file suits that have no merit in order to protect business and individuals from undue legal costs. Currently, the imposition of sanctions in at the discretion of federal judges.

The bill has moved to the Senate for a vote.

“Frivolous lawsuits have become commonplace in our legal system, sucking up valuable time and resources that could be spent on legitimate cases helping real victims,” Melissa Landry, executive director at the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, told the Louisiana Record in a statement.

“While LARA will only impact federal suits, these reforms are much-needed,” Landry said. “LLAW applauds the members of the Louisiana House delegation who voted for LARA including: Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson; Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre; Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Benton; Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-Mangham; and Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge. We hope the Senate will quickly consider these important reforms and send them to the president’s desk."

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