State Legal Reforms

Under the federal structure of the United States, both the federal government and the states have a role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. Many states have taken the initiative to advance effective, commonsense legal reforms – measures that have brought widespread benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities. read more...

Legal reform has been an important state issue for several decades. In fact, California’s landmark medical malpractice law was passed in 1975 – over forty years ago. 

But as the nation’s lawsuit abuse problem has grown, more and more states have chosen to pass reforms. In recent years, significant reforms were enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others.

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101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - FIFTH EDITION 2017

September 12, 2017 | A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with a compendium of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote state economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice.

On the Edge: New York County Asbestos Litigation at a Tipping Point

August 03, 2017 | This report examines the history and current state of the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit of New York City's state trial court. The analysis concludes that the procedural features that have driven verdicts and settlements higher than those in other jurisdictions are likely to continue under the Revised Case Management Order, absent fresh judicial interpretation and methods of implementation that correct current problems.

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101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - FIFTH EDITION 2017

September 12, 2017 | Research

A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with a compendium of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote state economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice. Read More »

On the Edge: New York County Asbestos Litigation at a Tipping Point

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | August 03, 2017 | Research

This report examines the history and current state of the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit of New York City's state trial court. The analysis concludes that the procedural features that have driven verdicts and settlements higher than those in other jurisdictions are likely to continue under the Revised Case Management Order, absent fresh judicial interpretation and methods of implementation that correct current problems. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Spring 2017

May 08, 2017 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's recent research on the latest trends in litigation and the tactics and strategies entrepreneurial plaintiffs' firms are using to expand their business models and bring more lawsuits in local, state, federal, and international courts. Read More »

Engineered Liability: The Plaintiffs' Bar's Campaign to Expand Data Privacy and Security Litigation

Author: Divonne Smoyer and Kimberly Chow, Reed Smith LLP | April 19, 2017 | Research

As data breaches are becoming more commonplace, the plaintiffs' bar is engineer a staggering expansion of liability in the areas of privacy and data security. Class action lawyers are pursuing data privacy cases and amassing fortunes even where no one has been harmed. This paper examines the data privacy and security legal landscape, plaintiffs' bar tactics, major cases and settlements, and a suggested framework for reform. Read More »

In the News Today - October 7, 2016

October 07, 2016 | News and Blog

Local business owners "filled the Iberia Parish (Louisiana) Council meeting room Wednesday night to encourage the council to approve a resolution opposing any lawsuits against the oil and gas industry" for alleged damages to the parish's coast. Read More »

Spokeo Impact Remains to be seen as Lawsuits over New Jersey's Consumer Protection Law Advance

October 05, 2016 | News and Blog

Myriad class action lawsuits brought under New Jersey's Truth-in-Consumer, Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA) could be called into question because of the Supreme Court's ruling in Spokeo, Inc v. Robins that plaintiffs must prove concrete harm. Read More »

New Missouri Chamber Website Tracks $8.2M in Plaintiffs' Bar Political Contributions Since 2012

October 04, 2016 | News and Blog

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has launched an online tool called Money Trail to track trial lawyer and union contributions to Missouri elected officials, reports The Missouri Times. Read More »

In the News Today - July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | News and Blog

A new state business climate report includes the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's "State Liability Systems Survey" results in its model. The inaugural States' Business Climate Index, which was developed by two Ball State professors, ranks states on a variety of business-related factors. Read More »

In the News Today - February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 | News and Blog

What an 8-Member SCOTUS Could Mean: "A protracted period with an eight-member Supreme Court could stymie decisions on a host of issues that long have divided the remaining justices 4-4 into conservative and liberal blocs, notes the Wall Street Journal, including "efforts to rein in consumer class actions." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Op-Ed: Has the Show-Me State become the Show-Me Lawsuits State?

February 16, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard and Missouri Chamber President Dan Mehan co-authored an op-ed regarding the results of a recent survey finding strong support among Missouri voters for legal reform. Read More »

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