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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Buck’s Innocent Party Protection Act Passes House

March 9, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ken Buck’s (CO-04) Innocent Party Protection Act (IPPA) passed the House by a vote of ___ to ___. This legislation prevents trial lawyers from fraudulently joining local small businesses to a lawsuit in order to have their case heard in a court they perceive to be a more favorable forum. The small businesses are added to the suit, even though the trial lawyers have no intention of pursuing a claim against them. When these small businesses are dragged into the courtroom and forced to pay legal fees to defend themselves for doing nothing wrong, they can't focus on creating jobs and adding value to the American economy. The IPPA gives judges more discretion to prevent the practice of fraudulent joinder.

“When local small businesses are fraudulently joined to a lawsuit, the only winners are the trial lawyers,” stated Congressman Buck. “By protecting our innocent local businesses from these lawsuits, we enable them to focus on job creation and growth.”

The IPPA will now go to the Senate for consideration.