The federal government and the states each have an important role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. While most legal reform activity occurs at the state level with states enacting multiple effective, high profile reforms over the past several years, many important legal reforms have also been enacted and implemented at the federal level.
While the political process has slowed some legal reform efforts at the federal level, Congress is currently considering a number of important proposals that would help restore balance to America's legal system. These include asbestos litigation reform, mandatory sanctions for filling frivolous litigation, class action 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, the federal courts, and the regulatory agencies.