Sunday, October 9, 2011

Government Savings Litigation Act Judiciary Hearing, October 11, 2011

For the first time ever, instead of submitting formal testimony, you will have the opportunity of commenting, in your real voice, on legislative activities as it happens and actually get an immediate response.

The Government Savings Litigation Act has been assigned to hearing in the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, October 11, 2011 at 3:30p.m. EST.

Here is a summary of the Bill"

Government Litigation Savings Act - Revises provisions of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) and the federal judicial code relating to the fees and other expenses of parties in agency proceedings and court cases against the federal government to: (1) restrict awards of fees and other expenses under such Act to prevailing parties with a direct and personal monetary interest in an adjudication, including because of personal injury, property damage, or an unpaid agency disbursement; (2) require the reduction or denial of awards commensurate with pro bono hours and related fees and expenses to parties who have acted in an obdurate, dilatory, mendacious, or oppressive manner or in bad faith; (3) limit awards to not more than $200,000 in any single adversary adjudication or for more than three adversary adjudications in the same calendar year (unless the adjudicating officer or judge determines that a higher award is required to avoid severe and unjust harm to the prevailing party); and (4) expand the reporting requirements of the Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States with respect to fees and other expenses awarded to prevailing parties during the preceding fiscal year. Requires the Comptroller General to audit the implementation of EAJA for the years 1995 through the end of the calendar year in which this Act is enacted.
Government Litigation Savings Act
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