Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Tort reform update: House of Representatives passed H.R. 4571 by a vote of 229 to 174, sending it on to the Senate

Specific provisions include:

Making monetary sanctions against attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits mandatory rather than discretionary, and removing an earlier "safe harbor" provision that allows attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits to avoid sanctions by withdrawing their suit after a motion for sanctions has been filed
Allowing sanctions for frivolous or harassing conduct during discovery
Allowing a plaintiff to sue only where he or she lives or was injured, or where the defendant's principal place of business is located

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