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Plaintiff bar faces new court sanctions

The relentless battle to curtail US class actions opened a new front this month with a new bill that could make it mandatory for judges to fine trial lawyers for bringing ‘frivolous cases’.

The latest instance, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, was passed by the US House of Representatives on 9 September and included new proposals to change the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to limit judicial discretion in dealing with ‘frivolous’ litigation.

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