|Sponsor||Rep. Cohen, Steve|
|Date||July 27, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
Senate Amendments to H.R. 2765 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on June 9, 2009.
The House Judiciary Committee’s Committee reported H.R. 2765 on June 15, 2009, and the House passed the bill under suspension of the Rules by voice vote the same day.
The Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on libel tourism on February 23, 2010, and reported H.R. 2765 with amendments on July 14, 2010 (Leahy/S. Rept. 111-224). The Senate adopted the bill as amended by unanimous consent on July 19, 2010.
For the legislative digest for H.R. 2765, passed by the House on June 15, 2009, click here.
Due to concerns that the House-passed bill by was not vigorous enough to dissuade a libel tourist from filing an overseas suit, the Senate made the following changes:
The term “libel tourism” refers to the subject of a critical news story suing an American author or reporter of an article, story, or book for defamation in a “plaintiff-friendly” overseas forum. These suits are filed mostly in Great Britain, as its libel and slander laws provide writers and journalists less protection than those under the U.S. system that features the First Amendment. Persons identified in news stories as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers have brought some of the higher-profile suits.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that H.R. 2765 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Furthermore, because the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.