assembly Bill A10594

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires awarding of costs and attorney fees in frivolous action involving public petition and participation

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Jun 07, 2012 referred to judiciary

A10594 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Civil Rights Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง70-a & 76-a, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A856
2015-2016: A258
2017-2018: A1413, A5292
2019-2020: A5991

A10594 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires awarding of costs and attorney fees in frivolous action involving public petition and participation; expands application of actions involving public petition and participation.

A10594 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  10594

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              June 7, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Weinstein)
  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the civil rights law, in relation to  actions  involving
  public petition and participation

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 1 of section 70-a of the civil
rights law, as added by chapter 767 of the laws of 1992, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (a)  costs  and attorney's fees [may] SHALL be recovered upon a demon-
stration, INCLUDING AN ADJUDICATION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION (G) OF  RULE
THIRTY-TWO  HUNDRED ELEVEN OR SUBDIVISION (H) OF RULE THIRTY-TWO HUNDRED
TWELVE OF THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES, that  the  action  involving
public  petition  and participation was commenced or continued without a
substantial basis in fact and law  and  could  not  be  supported  by  a
substantial  argument  for  the  extension,  modification or reversal of
existing law;
  S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 76-a of the civil rights law,  as  added
by chapter 767 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows:
  1. For purposes of this section:
  (a)  An  "action  involving  public petition and participation" is [an
action,] A claim[, cross claim  or  counterclaim  for  damages  that  is
brought by a public applicant or permittee, and is materially related to
any  efforts  of  the defendant to report on, comment on, rule on, chal-
lenge or oppose such application or permission] BASED UPON:
  (1) ANY COMMUNICATION IN A PLACE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OR A PUBLIC  FORUM
IN CONNECTION WITH AN ISSUE OF PUBLIC CONCERN; OR
  (2)  ANY  OTHER  LAWFUL  CONDUCT IN FURTHERANCE OF THE EXERCISE OF THE
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH  IN  CONNECTION  WITH  AN  ISSUE  OF
PUBLIC  CONCERN, OR IN FURTHERANCE OF THE EXERCISE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL
RIGHT OF PETITION.
  (b) ["Public applicant or permittee" shall mean  any  person  who  has
applied for or obtained a permit, zoning change, lease, license, certif-
icate or other entitlement for use or permission to act from any govern-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.