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Product Safety & Liability Reporter Quotes Lowry on Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

May 1, 2017

Michael Lowry (Partner-Las Vegas) was quoted in “Bill Targets ‘Frivolous’ Suits, But Critics Say It Misses Mark” in the May 1, 2017, issue of Product Safety & Liability Reporter published by Bloomberg BNA. The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA), H.R. 720, S. 237, backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business, mandates sanctions against attorneys who file suits without legal support. Michael acknowledged that many filings, rather than having no legal support, are just “thin on the merits,” but some attorneys have been able to build a business model that generates a profit from questionable cases.

“Requiring sanctions may increase the risk these attorneys face, but the increase may not significantly alter their practices unless it is sufficiently substantial to disrupt their business model,” he said.

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