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.


West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

January 10, 2018 | West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress.

ILR Research Review - Fall 2017

November 30, 2017 | This special double-issue of the ILR Research Review features a wealth of insight and analysis on the world's rapidly changing litigation environment. The research contained in this issue targets exploitative litigation at home and abroad, examining numerous developments ranging from hyper-aggressive trial lawyer advertising in the U.S. to the imminent expansion of class actions in Europe.

All Results for State Legal Reforms

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 »

ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | News and Blog

"We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation. Read More »

POLL: Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Support Common Sense Lawsuit Reforms

February 01, 2016 | News and Blog

"Show me the legal reform." That appears to be the sentiment among the vast majority of Missouri voters, according to a recent poll. Read More »

In the News Today - January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 | News and Blog

Delaware Chancery Court Takes Step Toward ‘Curtailing Abusive Deal Litigation': Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, "handed down an opinion that makes all-but-unreachable the low hanging fruit of ‘disclosure settlements' for plaintiffs' lawyers who sue on ‘virtually every transaction.'" He essentially "told lawyers for future plaintiffs that if they want to be paid for bringing cases alleging defective disclosure, they will have to take them to trial." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

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