Citing support by Democratic contenders John Kerry and John Edwards for sanctions against lawyers who abuse the system, House Republicans pushed through legislation Tuesday aimed at reducing frivolous lawsuits. Most Democrats were not persuaded, saying the bill went too far. The bill prevents forum shopping, in which attorneys seek courts known for huge damage awards, and sets a one-year license suspension if a lawyer files three or more frivolous cases in one jurisdiction.
House Moves to Crack Down on Frivolous Lawsuits
The Associated Press
September 15, 2004