Rohrabacher Hails Passage of Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2015

Sep 18, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher applauded his House colleagues on Thursday for passing legislation designed to discourage frivolous lawsuits. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-TX, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, requires judges to award compensation to victims of frivolous or false litigation.

Currently judges may award such compensation, but the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2015 will require it, establishing a certain disincentive to file meritless cases in court. The bill passed by a vote of 241 to 185.

“In the current situation,” said the California Republican, “these victims have no incentive to fight because they have no guarantee they will be compensated, even if a reasonable judge determines that the claims are frivolous.”

Rohrabacher also pointed out that the legislation takes care of a problem, that of “patent trolls,” addressed by a more controversial bill, HR-9, known as the Innovation Act of 2015. “This spares us the need to agonize over a bill that would bring untold grief to America’s small inventors when we should be taking up world-threatening issues now staring us in the face,” the congressman said.