Cook Votes to End Lawsuit Abuses, Defund Planned Parenthood
On Thursday Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted on legislation aimed at reducing frivolous legal proceedings in federal courts. The bill, HR 758, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).
The bill would ensure that judges impose monetary sanctions on lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits, including the attorney’s fees and costs incurred by the victims of such lawsuits. If it becomes law, the bill will also abolish a provision in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that allows an attorney to avoid sanctions by withdrawing their suit within 21 days after a motion for sanction has been filed.
The bill would apply to cases brought by individuals, businesses, plaintiffs, and defendants.
“Attorneys who file frivolous lawsuits should be held accountable for their actions,” Rep. Cook said in a press release. “In these challenging economic times, too many Americans are still looking for work. We need to free up our businesses to hire more and invest more. Hopefully this bill has them thinking twice before filing and wasting everyone’s time.”
On Friday, Rep. Cook joined 240 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote in favor of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. Planned Parenthood is at the center of a controversy surrounding allegations that the non-profit distributes fetuses for commercial gain. The bill would prohibit federal funding for the organization for one year.