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Charles G.
Republican IA

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    by Senator Chuck Grassley

    Posted on 2015-02-05

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    GRASSLEY (for himself and Mr. Rubio): S. 401. A bill to amend rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, and for [[Page S837]] other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.



    Mr. GRASSLEY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the text of the bill be printed in the Record.

    There be no objection, the text of the bill was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: S. 401 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 2015''.

    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 ``shall''; (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.

    ______ By Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Risch, Ms. Heitkamp, Mrs. Fischer, and Mr. Manchin): S. 405. A bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes; read the first time.

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