Nonsuits; dismissal of action, fees and costs. (HB1709)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dismissal of action by nonsuit; fees and costs. Clarifies that if notice to take a nonsuit is given to the opposing party during trial, the court may assess against the nonsuiting party reasonable witness fees and travel costs of expert witnesses scheduled to appear at trial, which are actually incurred by the opposing party, solely by reason of the failure of the nonsuiting party to give notice at least seven days prior to trial. The bill also provides that invoices, receipts, or confirmation of payment shall be admissible to prove reasonableness of such expert witness costs and may, in the court's discretion, satisfy the reasonableness requirement, without the need for further testimony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103059D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Committee substitute printed 13104552D-H1
01/29/2013Incorporates HB1570
01/30/2013Read first time
01/31/2013Read second time
01/31/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104552D-H1
01/31/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1709H1
02/01/2013Read third time and passed House (97-Y 2-N)
02/01/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Read third time
02/18/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1709ER)
02/21/2013Signed by Speaker
02/22/2013Signed by President
03/13/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 274 (effective 7/1/13)
03/13/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0274)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 1 minute.