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First Substitute S.B. 79

Senator Ross I. Romero proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS AMENDMENTS

             2     
2008 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Ross I. Romero

             5     
House Sponsor: Lorie D. Fowlke

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill increases the amount of litigation expenses a small business can collect when a
             10      court finds that a state action was undertaken without substantial justification.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    increases the maximum amount of litigation expenses that a small business can
             14      collect from the state when the state undertakes legal action against a small business
             15      without substantial justification; and
             16          .    makes technical corrections.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78B-8-503, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             24     
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:


             26          Section 1. Section 78B-8-503 is amended to read:
             27           78B-8-503. Definitions.
             28          As used in this part:
             29          (1) "Prevail" means to obtain favorable final judgment, the right to all appeals having
             30      been exhausted, on the merits, on substantially all counts or charges in the action and with
             31      respect to the most significant issue or set of issues presented, but does not include the
             32      settlement of any action, either by stipulation, consent decree or otherwise, whether or not
             33      settlement occurs before or after any hearing or trial.
             34          (2) "Reasonable litigation expenses" means court costs, administrative hearing costs,
             35      attorney fees, and witness fees of all necessary witnesses, not in excess of [$10,000,] $35,000
             36      which a court finds were reasonably incurred in opposing action covered under this [act] part.
             37          (3) "Small business" means a commercial or business entity, including a sole
             38      proprietorship, which does not have more than 250 employees, but does not include an entity
             39      which is a subsidiary or affiliate of another entity which is not a small business.
             40          (4) "State" means any department, board, institution, hospital, college, or university of
             41      the state of Utah or any political subdivision thereof, except with respect to antitrust actions
             42      brought under Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 9.


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