The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill called the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act that would mandate sanctions against lawyers who file “frivolous” complaints. As the Justice Watch blog points out, this would lead to a ridiculous amount of lawyers’, litigants’ and judges’ time being wasted on arguing this issue instead of–gee, I don’t know–arguing the merits?
Also – and I know I’m a broken record at this point – the truly silly cases don’t make it very far anyway. The bill would save the courts minimal time and money and would risk trampling on the rights of legitimate plaintiffs. Finally, the vast majority of personal injury lawyers aren’t taking claims that we know are ridiculous. We work on contingency. No recovery, no fee.