Federal

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. NFL Settlement Judge Invalidates Lawsuit Loans

    May 24, 2018 | News

    U.S. District Judge Anita Brody invalidated all lawsuit loans in the National Football League (NFL) concussion settlement to "prevent breach of the settlement agreement," Law360 reports.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - May 23, 2018

    May 23, 2018 | News

    NCAA Settlement Class Member Fighting High Attorneys' Fees; Sirius XM Says 'Same Lawyers' are Bringing 'Same Suit,' Ask Judge to Dismiss TCPA Class Action... Read More

  3. NFL Settlement Judge to Hear Motion on "Widespread Fraud"

    May 23, 2018 | News

    U.S. District Judge Anita Brody scheduled a hearing for May 30 to hear more about the "widespread fraud" that the National Football League (NFL) has alleged is taking place in the concussion settlement, Reuters reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - May 22, 2018

    May 22, 2018 | News

    Pa. Attorney Takes on Former Client, Lawsuit Lender... Read More

  5. TCPA Plaintiffs' Attorney Admits Class Action Lawsuits Have "Not Cured the Problem"

    May 22, 2018 | Blogs

    Three weeks ago, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard said the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has become a "goldmine for plaintiffs' attorneys." ... Read More

  6. U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Contracts

    May 22, 2018 | News

    In a 5-4 ruling yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld arbitration contracts between employers and employees.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - May 21, 2018

    May 21, 2018 | News

    Private Equity Firms and Hedge Funds "Found a New Way to Get Richer" By Funding Lawsuits; "Recent Developments Have Let the Air Out of Slack Fill Lawsuits"... Read More

  8. "ALI Restatement Should Not Reflect Aspirational Proposals"

    May 21, 2018 | News

    A Crowell & Moring LLP partner said in a Law360 op-ed that the American Law Institute (ALI) should reject its proposed Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance because "it continues to reflect aspirational proposals in addition to, or in place of, settled insurance law."... Read More

  9. In the News Today - May 18, 2018

    May 18, 2018 | News

    CFPB head says no more "regulation by enforcement"... Read More

  10. California Legislators Take on "Wild West" of Trial Attorney Advertising

    May 18, 2018 | News

    Yesterday, the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill to punish the practice of misleading attorney advertising for drug and medical device lawsuits, the Northern California Record reports. ... Read More