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.

Research

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.

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Chamber Urges Federal Energy Regulators to Preempt State Litigation on CA Power Dispute

November 25, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 26, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce urged the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to exercise its full and exclusive authority to preempt state courts from dictating how power companies determine electricity rates and compensate customers for overcharges. Read More »

Chamber Seeks Information About St. Louis Culpability on Lead Paint

November 13, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 14, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today filed Public Records Requests to determine the culpability of the city of St. Louis and Missouri's government agencies in the context of their legal action against the former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

Chamber Seeks Information About Providence, R.I., Culpability on Lead Paint

March 25, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed Public Records Requests late Friday to determine what culpability the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and state government agencies have in the context of legal action against the former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

Chamber Applauds Milwaukee Council for Deciding Against Lead Paint Suit

September 05, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2000 - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform applauded today's decision by the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee postponing a planned lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. In a 10-7 vote, the Council members elected to postpone plans for the lawsuit, which would have claimed that lead paint manufactured decades ago had harmed city residents. Read More »

Chamber Sues Milwaukee for Stonewalling Lead Paint Records Request

August 15, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 16, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform announced today that it has filed suit against the City of Milwaukee to compel compliance with its Open Records request filed last month. The original request was to determine Milwaukee's culpability as the city considered suing former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

Chamber Urges Review of Illinois Class Action Suit

January 23, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce warned that overly lenient state courts are becoming magnets for class action litigation, in an amicus brief filed today in the Supreme Court of Illinois on behalf of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm was hit with a billion-dollar judgment after a state trial court certified a class action suit involving nearly five million plaintiffs in 48 states.< Read More »

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