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 - January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016 | News and Blog

Canadian Affiliate of Union of Food and Commercial Workers Aligns with Anti-Chevron ‘Propaganda Campaign': "Members of the UFCW, especially in the U.S., should call on leadership to question why they would align themselves with a fraudulent case bolstered by an unsavory, human rights-abusing government. It goes against the very principles they claim to advance," writes columnist Erik Telford. (RealClearMarkets) Read More »

In the News Today - January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Tennessee Medical Association Seeks Tort Reform Amendment: The Tennessee Medical Association is pushing for an amendment to the state constitution "to add language stipulating that the General Assembly can set caps on noneconomic damages in litigation." (The Commercial Appeal) Read More »

In the News Today - January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016 | News and Blog

Goldman Sachs to Pay Largest-Ever Regulatory Settlement: Goldman Sachs has agreed to the "largest regulatory penalty in history." The $5 billion settlement is over allegations regarding the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Illinois Columnist Highlights State's Poor Ranking in ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey

January 06, 2016 | News and Blog

Illinois News Networks syndicated columnist Scott Reeder writes of Illinois' abusive legal climate. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2015

December 22, 2015 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from the latest of ILR's research on state legal climates, data privacy, multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings, and trial lawyer marketing. Read More »

In the News Today - December 8, 2015

December 08, 2015 | News and Blog

Will SCOTUS Cut Back on Class Action 'Extortions' Through Its Gomez Ruling? The U.S. Supreme Court could change the future of class action lawsuits if it rules, in the coming months, that an offer of complete relief renders a case moot. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

In the News Today - November 3, 2015

November 03, 2015 | News and Blog

Calling the New York Times' recent anti-arbitration series "blatantly one-sided", ILR's Bryan Quigley said U.S. Sen. Al Franken's bill to curb arbitration "will help personal injury lawyers make money on class-action suits, but those suits will not benefit consumers because most consumers have such small claims." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015 | News and Blog

The Associated Press this weekend spotlighted the "increasingly aggressive" tactics of state governments to track down unclaimed property. Thanks to these aggressive tactics, a startup by two medical researchers who developed a Hepatitis B treatment was forced to sue the state of Delaware when the state aggressively took control of $1.7 million of the company's stock. The company took a big loss in the process. (Associated Press) Read More »

In the News Today - October 9, 2015

October 09, 2015 | News and Blog

The Polish online newspaper Prawnik (The Lawyer) carries an article highlighting the recent litigation funding market analysis released by ILR's Justice Not Profit campaign. The article not only addresses the fact that the litigation funding market in the UK increased from from £180 million pounds in 2009 to £1.5 billion pounds currently, but also highlights the fact that the industry remains unregulated and lacking in transparency. (Prawnik - publication is in Polish) Read More »

In the News Today - September 23, 2015

September 23, 2015 | News and Blog

Have you checked out the results of ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey? Click here to view the full 50-state ranking. (2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings) Read More »

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