November 13, 2013: Statement by New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver Opposing House of Representatives Bill to Renew Mistake of the Past

“The U. S. House of Representatives this week is expected to ¬consider a bill (HR 2655) that erroneously is called the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA). 

“History tells us that LARA will not do what it claims.  

“Between 1983 and 1993, federal lawsuits often became entangled with satellite litigation over sanctions—curtailing the efficiency of the courts, adding to litigation costs, and delaying the resolution of cases. This bill would reinstitute these destructive practices.

“We urge Congress to heed the mistakes of the past and reject this bill.”


David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody) is president of the New York State Bar Association .With 76,000 members, it is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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