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First Substitute H.J.R. 3
6 LaVar Christensen
Greg J. Curtis
Stephen H. Urquhart
7 This joint resolution modifies the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure by providing for
8 attorneys' fees with costs that can be assessed in a civil action. It allows costs and
9 attorneys' fees to be assessed if a final award is not more favorable than the offer of
10 settlement. This act provides an effective date.
11 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure as follows:
13 Rule 68, Utah Rules of Civil Procedure
14 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
15 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
16 As provided in Utah Constitution Article VIII, Section 4, the Legislature may amend
17 rules of procedure and evidence adopted by the Utah Supreme Court upon a two-thirds vote of
18 all members of both houses of the Legislature:
19 Section 1. Rule 68 , Utah Rules of Civil Procedure is amended to read:
20 Rule 68. Offer of Judgment.
21 (a) Tender of money before suit. When in an action for the recovery of money only, the
22 defendant alleges in his answer that before the commencement of the action he tendered to the
23 plaintiff the full amount to which the plaintiff was entitled, and thereupon deposits in court for
24 the plaintiff the amount so tendered, and the allegation is found to be true, the plaintiff cannot
25 recover costs, but must pay costs to the defendant.
26 (b) Offer before trial. At any time more than 10 days before the trial begins, a party
27 defending against a claim may serve upon the adverse party an offer to allow judgment to be
28 taken against him for the money or property or to the effect specified in his offer, [
30 including any costs or reasonable attorneys' fees awardable up to the date of the offer, unless
31 otherwise specified. If within 10 days after the service of the offer the adverse party serves
32 written notice that the offer is accepted, either party may then file the offer and notice of
33 acceptance together with proof of service [
34 accordingly. An offer not accepted shall be [
36 costs . If the [
37 than the offer, the offeree [
38 in cases where reasonable attorneys' fees may be awarded by statute or contract to the offeree,
39 the offeror may not be liable for reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the offeree after the
40 making of the offer. The fact that an offer is made but not accepted does not preclude a
41 subsequent offer.
42 (c) Adjusted award. The adjusted award is defined as the verdict with the addition of
43 the offeree's costs incurred before service of the offer of judgment and, in cases where
44 reasonable attorneys' fees may be awarded by statute or contract, reasonable attorneys' fees
45 incurred before service of the offer of judgment. In contingent fee cases where reasonable
46 attorneys' fees are awardable, the court shall pro rate the offeree's reasonable attorneys' fees on
47 a daily basis to determine the amount incurred before the offer of judgment in reaching the
48 adjusted award.
49 Section 2. Effective date.
50 As provided in Utah Constitution Article VIII, Section 4, this act takes effect upon
51 approval by a constitutional two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house.
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