There are troubling signs that U.S.-style class action systems are spreading globally. Almost every EU Member State, Canada, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico—to name a few—have all considered or already allow some form of class actions. While these proposals are not identical to the U.S. system, they can create opportunities for similar abuses, such as settlements that unfairly benefit lawyers rather than claimants.

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  1. ILR's Rickard: "Grave Concerns" About Global Litigation Developments

    April 20, 2018 | News

    In an interview with The Australian, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said American businesses have "grave concerns" over recent litigation developments around the world, particularly in Australia.... Read More

  2. Torts of the Future II: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies

    April 18, 2018 | Research

    The second edition of ILR's Torts of the Future research examines evolutions in regulatory and liability trends for emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable devices, and 3D printing. The research also presents a number of updated guiding principles to inform courts, legislators, and policymakers as they seek to address privacy and safety concerns without derailing or delaying innovation.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - April 17, 2018

    April 17, 2018 | News

    Insurance Europe: Collective Redress Principles "Are Compromised"... Read More

  4. Business Groups Sound Alarm On Proposal That Could Make EU "A Major Global Hub For Abusive Litigation"

    April 13, 2018 | News

    Corporate Counsel details the response by business groups to a new EU proposal released this week that could lead to a class action lawsuit system that is as bad or worse than the U.S.... Read More

  5. ILR's Faulk: Wisconsin TPLF Law Signals a "Growing Movement"

    April 11, 2018 | News

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Senior Vice President of Legal Reform Initiatives Page Faulk told the ABA Journal Wisconsin's new law that requires disclosure of all third party litigation funding arrangements is "another step in what's become a growing movement."... Read More

  6. U.S. Chamber: Proposal Could Make EU a Major Global Hub for Abusive Litigation

    April 11, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the European Commission's proposal to rescind and replace the EU's "Injunctions Directive." The proposal would create a new European Union-wide framework for collective redress (class action lawsuits): ... Read More

  7. LaCroix: It's Time To Talk About Third Party Litigation Funding

    April 06, 2018 | News

    After Wisconsin became the first state to pass a law requiring disclosure of third party litigation funding, D&O Diary's Kevin LaCroix said the "time has come" for debate.... Read More

  8. ILR's Rickard: Hope "Other States Will Follow" Wisconsin's Lead on TPLF

    April 05, 2018 | News

    In an interview with the National Law Journal, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard said other states should follow Wisconsin's lead by requiring third party litigation funding disclosure.... Read More

  9. Wisconsin Governor Signs First-in-the-Nation TPLF Transparency Bill

    April 04, 2018 | News

    Gov. Scott Walker yesterday signed a bill that makes Wisconsin the first state in the country to require disclosure of third party litigation funding arrangements, Law360 reports.... Read More

  10. "The EU Commission Should Follow Its Own Advice on Collective Redress"

    April 03, 2018 | News

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard yesterday urged the European Commission to "follow its own advice" as it prepares a new directive on class action litigation in the European Union.... Read More