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, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others.

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  1. Georgia's Legal System Ranking Plunges

    April 08, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce's second annual poll of corporate counselors and senior litigators on the fairness or reasonableness of state liability systems gave Georgia a "C-" rating and continued to find a majority of states deserve a grade of fair to poor. The state ranks 39 this year, a significant drop from 23 in 2002 ... Read More

  2. Chamber Criticizes Class Action in Madison County, IL

    March 20, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce derided a Madison County, Illinois, court for certifying a class action case that resulted in a multi-billion dollar award against the Philip Morris tobacco company. "Madison County is the epicenter of class action filings in America," said Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "This case should go down in the history books as the poster child for venue abuse." ... Read More

  3. Chamber Cheers WV Medical Liability and Venue Reforms

    March 13, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today complimented the West Virginia State Legislature for passing and Governor Bob Wise for signing into law a medical liability reform bill that will help doctors and hospitals to continue meeting the health care needs of West Virginians. ... Read More

  4. Chamber Urges West Virginia Legal Reform Campaign

    February 02, 2003 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, WV, Feb. 3, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today joined with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in urging state lawmakers to pass significant legal reform legislation. The chambers unveiled a full-page newspaper ad asking for WV citizens to repair the state's flawed legal system.... Read More

  5. Chamber Study Shows WV Legal System Harmful to Patients

    January 22, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today warned out of control medical malpractice liability is forcing doctors to leave West Virginia and harming the quality of patient care provided by those doctors who remain, according to a poll of West Virginia physicians. "This poll is a siren call to West Virginia that their state's litigation system is in critical condition," said Kate Sullivan, Chamber director of health care policy. "Lawmakers must make meaningful changes to heal the civil justice system before patients suffer." ... Read More

  6. Chamber Commends Mississippi Lawmakers

    November 25, 2002 | Press Release

    Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2002 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today commended the Mississippi House and Senate for passing legislation providing greater legal protections for businesses that are sued. The Mississippi legislature, which has been in "special session" since September, passed a medical malpractice reform bill last month and then approved general tort reform measures late last night.... Read More

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  8. Chamber Urges Mississippians To Reform Flawed Legal System

    May 07, 2002 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Chamber of Commerce today urged the people of Mississippi to do everything they can to change the state's deeply flawed legal system that targets out-of-state businesses with frivolous lawsuits and outrageous verdicts. The Chamber also shared its concerns about the significant risks its members and all companies face when doing business in Mississippi.... Read More