The federal government and the states each play an important role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. While for the past several years most legal reform activity has occurred at the state level, with states enacting several effective, high-profile reforms, many important legal reforms have also been enacted and implemented at the federal level. With the changing political landscape, an increase in legal reform action at the federal level can be expected. 

Congress is currently considering a number of important legal reform proposals that would help restore balance to America's civil justice system. These include asbestos litigation reform, mandatory sanctions for filling frivolous litigation, protecting innocent parties from being unfairly or fradulently joines into a lawsuit, class action and multi-district litigation reforms, increased certainty where the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is concerned, and reform of over-broad laws that threaten individuals and business with criminal prosecution absent any criminal intent, among others.

In addition to these proactive legal reform efforts, there is a need to defend against efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar to expand liability in Congress, federal courts, and regulatory agencies.

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  1. Federal Prosecutors to Probe Lawsuit Lending Industry, NY Times Reports

    March 20, 2018 | News

    A group of five lawyers told the New York Times that federal prosecutors are investigating the "fast-growing" lawsuit lending industry.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - March 19, 2018

    March 19, 2018 | News

    Proposed Settlement Would Give $300K to Attorneys, $15 to Consumer; Gov. Edwards Using Coastline Legacy Litigation to Fill State Budget Gaps... Read More

  3. Court Says FCC Overreached by Expanding Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    March 19, 2018 | News

    The D.C. Circuit Friday said a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2015 was an "unreasonably expansive interpretation" of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Wall Street Journal reports.... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber: D.C. Circuit Ruling a Positive Step, But Congress Should Modernize the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    March 16, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the D.C. Circuit Court's ruling vacating portions of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) declaratory order:... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Praises Senate Introduction of PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act

    March 16, 2018 | Blogs

    Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the introduction of the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act of 2018 (S. 2564) by Senator Thom Tillis.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - March 16, 2018

    March 16, 2018 | News

    DC Circ. Partly Strikes Down FCC's TCPA Expansion; Op-ed: Fla. Assignment of Benefits Lawsuit Abuse "Out of Control" ... Read More

  7. Senators Introduce PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act

    March 16, 2018 | News

    Sens. Thom Tillis, Chuck Grassley, and John Cornyn introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act yesterday to provide "much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive just compensation."... Read More

  8. In the News Today - March 15, 2018

    March 15, 2018 | News

    Litigation Funder Deepening Ties to U.S. Law Firms; The Ecuador Saga Continues: Steven Donziger now owes Chevron more than $800,000... Read More

  9. In the News Today - March 14, 2018

    March 14, 2018 | News

    Third Party Litigation Funder's Shares Up 30%... Read More

  10. Ninth Circuit Tosses Iced Coffee Lawsuit

    March 14, 2018 | News

    Citing its own 2016 ruling, the Ninth Circuit tossed a proposed class action lawsuit that alleged Starbucks was underfilling their iced coffee by including ice, Law360 reports.... Read More