Thursday, September 09, 2004

House Judiciary Committee approves fines for "frivolous" lawsuits

The Republican controlled House Judiciary Committee approved a bill slapping fines on lawyers who file "frivolous" lawsuits. The Democrats maintain that the bill was a cynical political maneuver intended to highlight lawsuit abuses. The measure would restore mandatory fines for lawsuits deemed frivolous by the judiciary. The cost will probably be the cost of defending the claim.

The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, however, as many similar measures, such a bill to constrain class action lawsuits, have failed. more...>