Would require the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) to prepare a report each year on the amount of fees and other expenses awarded by federal courts to nonfederal entities when they prevail in a case against the United States. The bill also would require the ACUS to create an online searchable database containing information about cases in which fees and expenses were awarded by courts or federal agencies. The ACUS is an independent agency that assists other agencies of the federal government in improving regulatory and other administrative procedures. This bill would amend the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), legislation originally passed to ensure that individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations are able to recover both attorney’s fees and the costs associated with going to court in suits against the federal government.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- senate Committees
- The house Passed May 6th, 2014Passed by Voice Vote
House Committee on the JudiciaryThe Constitution and Civil JusticeIntroducedAugust 1st, 2013
- house Committees
What is it?
-Much of the to-do on this issue centers on environmental groups, with some in Congress seeing such groups as abusing the provisions of the Equal Access to Justice Act. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency, published a report that analyzed cases brought against the Environmental Protection Agency. The GAO found that the majority of suits were brought by trade associations or private companies, and that lawyer fees were awarded in under ten percent of cases.