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Governor signs bill meant to curb frivolous behavior in court

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that authorizes trial courts to award legal expenses to a party if the lawyer on the other side is acting like a jerk.

Assembly Bill 2494 by Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley from Rancho Cordova seeks to curb tactics that are frivolous or solely intended to cause unnecessary delay.

Sponsored by the Civil Justice Association of California, the bill restores a tool to reduce bad-faith behavior in litigation. It plugs a gap in a 1995 law that allows sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits, but limits the tool to filings -- and only after 21 days had passed. This aligned California law with federal law in treatment of frivolous filings.

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