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Is Sunblock Dangerous? Litigation is the Real Risk with IARC's Carcinogenic Labels

August 29, 2016 | In the summertime when the weather is hot - apply your sunscreen. This is what dermatologists have been telling us for years in order to prevent skin cancer. At the same time, a key ingredient in most sunblock brands, titanium dioxide, has been rated "possibly carcinogenic" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

ILR's 'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' Campaign Cited in 'Monkey Selfie' Brief Before Ninth Circuit

August 29, 2016 | Last year, the infamous "Monkey Selfie" lawsuit was dubbed the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2015 by ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign.

Is Sunblock Dangerous? Litigation is the Real Risk with IARC's Carcinogenic Labels

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

In the summertime when the weather is hot - apply your sunscreen. This is what dermatologists have been telling us for years in order to prevent skin cancer. At the same time, a key ingredient in most sunblock brands, titanium dioxide, has been rated "possibly carcinogenic" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Read More »

ILR's 'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' Campaign Cited in 'Monkey Selfie' Brief Before Ninth Circuit

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year, the infamous "Monkey Selfie" lawsuit was dubbed the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2015 by ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign. Read More »

Stopping the Federal Settlement 'Slush Funds'

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

Andy Koenig, senior policy adviser at Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, talks to the Wall Street Journal opinion page to rip federal "settlement slush funds." Read More »

In the News Today - August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

The Wall Street Journal editorial board gave credit to Judge Percy Anderson for tossing a lawsuit against Starbucks that alleged "baristas put too much ice in cold drinks." Read More »

Woman Admits to Being in the 'Business' of Filing TCPA Lawsuits

August 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Melody Stoops, a plaintiff in a recent suit against Wells Fargo, admitted to collecting at least 35 different pre-paid cell phones which were "specifically bought in order to manufacture lawsuits." Read More »

In the News Today - August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 | News and Blog

The CFPB "has closed its eyes to the inevitable real-world consequence of its proposed rule: the elimination of arbitration, which would leave consumers without any means of redressing the injuries they most often suffer," wrote David Hirschmann, president of the Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, and Lisa Rickard, president of the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform. Read More »

Monumental Issues: President of ILR Talks Abusive Lawsuits

August 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Lisa Rickard, president of ILR, participated in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Monumental Issues video series. Rickard spoke in front of President Lincoln's cottage in Washington, D.C. about lawsuit abuse and the need for legal reform. Read More »

In the News Today - August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Harold Kim, executive vice president of the Institute for Legal Reform, spoke with the Sangamon Sun regarding the nationwide concern caused by unclaimed-property audits. Read More »

CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule Will Mean 1,200 More Class Actions, $100 Million in Legal Fees Per Year

August 24, 2016 | News and Blog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule will mean "at least 1,200 additional class actions a year" filed against many of the 53,000 businesses covered by the rule, "costing more than $100 million a year in legal fees," writes Forbes' Daniel Fisher, citing a CFPB report. Read More »

In the News Today - August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016 | News and Blog

Johnson & Johnson believes it has "strong grounds" to appeal two multimillion-dollar jury verdicts that alleged a link between the company's talcum powder product and ovarian cancer. Read More »

In the News Today - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »

Is Sunblock Dangerous? Litigation is the Real Risk with IARC's Carcinogenic Labels

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

In the summertime when the weather is hot - apply your sunscreen. This is what dermatologists have been telling us for years in order to prevent skin cancer. At the same time, a key ingredient in most sunblock brands, titanium dioxide, has been rated "possibly carcinogenic" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Read More »

ILR's 'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' Campaign Cited in 'Monkey Selfie' Brief Before Ninth Circuit

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year, the infamous "Monkey Selfie" lawsuit was dubbed the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2015 by ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign. Read More »

Stopping the Federal Settlement 'Slush Funds'

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

Andy Koenig, senior policy adviser at Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, talks to the Wall Street Journal opinion page to rip federal "settlement slush funds." Read More »

In the News Today - August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 | News and Blog

The Wall Street Journal editorial board gave credit to Judge Percy Anderson for tossing a lawsuit against Starbucks that alleged "baristas put too much ice in cold drinks." Read More »

Woman Admits to Being in the 'Business' of Filing TCPA Lawsuits

August 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Melody Stoops, a plaintiff in a recent suit against Wells Fargo, admitted to collecting at least 35 different pre-paid cell phones which were "specifically bought in order to manufacture lawsuits." Read More »

In the News Today - August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 | News and Blog

The CFPB "has closed its eyes to the inevitable real-world consequence of its proposed rule: the elimination of arbitration, which would leave consumers without any means of redressing the injuries they most often suffer," wrote David Hirschmann, president of the Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, and Lisa Rickard, president of the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform. Read More »

Monumental Issues: President of ILR Talks Abusive Lawsuits

August 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Lisa Rickard, president of ILR, participated in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Monumental Issues video series. Rickard spoke in front of President Lincoln's cottage in Washington, D.C. about lawsuit abuse and the need for legal reform. Read More »

In the News Today - August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Harold Kim, executive vice president of the Institute for Legal Reform, spoke with the Sangamon Sun regarding the nationwide concern caused by unclaimed-property audits. Read More »

CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule Will Mean 1,200 More Class Actions, $100 Million in Legal Fees Per Year

August 24, 2016 | News and Blog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) anti-arbitration rule will mean "at least 1,200 additional class actions a year" filed against many of the 53,000 businesses covered by the rule, "costing more than $100 million a year in legal fees," writes Forbes' Daniel Fisher, citing a CFPB report. Read More »

In the News Today - August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016 | News and Blog

Johnson & Johnson believes it has "strong grounds" to appeal two multimillion-dollar jury verdicts that alleged a link between the company's talcum powder product and ovarian cancer. Read More »

In the News Today - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Efforts to Rein In Executive Overreach

July 12, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Executive Overreach Task Force hearing. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Urges Missouri Legislature to Override Vetoes of Bills Geared to Improve State's Lawsuit Climate

June 29, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes of bills to keep "junk science" out of state courts by adopting the federal standard governing expert witness testimony (SB 591) and to ensure that courts and juries properly consider accurate damage calculations (SB 847). Read More »

New Reports Highlight Problem of Over-Criminalization, Negative Impact of DOJ Yates Memo

May 26, 2016 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Department of Justice's new policy of enlisting companies to conduct criminal investigations of their employees as a condition of civil settlements-the so-called Yates Memo-will have a chilling effect on the ability of companies to cooperate and comply with the government, according to a new report released today at a symposium hosted jointly by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Approval of Bill to Bar Diverting DOJ Settlement Money to Third-Parties

May 11, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's passage of the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016," (H.R. 5063). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Efforts to Bar Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Party Groups

April 28, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law holding a hearing on the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016," (H.R. 5063). Read More »

U.S. Chamber's Rickard Named to Honorary Board of Directors for The Burton Awards

April 20, 2016 | Press Release

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) announced today that Lisa A. Rickard, president of ILR and executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will join the Honorary Board of Directors for The Burton Awards. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Utah Law to Curb Asbestos Fraud

March 31, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Utah Governor Gary Herbert signing into law a bill to curb "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system. Read More »

Enforcement Gone Amok: The Many Faces of Over-Enforcement in the United States

Author: John H. Beisner, Geoffrey M. Wyatt, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden Arps | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper documents compelling examples of over-enforcement abuses, and offers details of the wide-ranging and interrelated ways government enforcement actions impact American businesses. Read More »

DOJ's New Threshold for "Cooperation": Challenges Posed by the Yates Memo and USAM Revisions

Author: Matthew M. Miner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the recent release of the Yates Memo, changes to the U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM), and the complicated landscape for business compliance and cooperation. Read More »

Before the Flood: An Outline of Oversight Options for Third Party Litigation Funding in England & Wales

Author: Ken Daly and Steven Pitt, Sidley Austin LLP | April 18, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the ethical and practical concerns that are emerging from the significant expansion of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the UK, and underscores the need for government oversight of the practice. Read More »

Insights & Inconsistencies: Lessons from the Garlock Trust Claims

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP | February 19, 2016 | Research

This report analyzes asbestos bankruptcy trust claims forms from the recent Garlock bankruptcy to address patterns of inconsistent and fraudulent claiming from one trust to another. 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 »

The Waiting Game: Delay and Non-Disclosure of Asbestos Trust Claims

Author: Peter Kelso and Marc Scarcella, Bates White | December 17, 2015 | Research

This paper addresses the lack of transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trust systems, and the intentional delay and suppression of trust disclosures by plaintiffs and their counsel. Read More »

Trial Lawyer Marketing: Broadcast, Search and Social Strategies

Author: Ken Goldstein, University of San Francisco and Dhavan V. Shah, Sherpa Metrix LLC | October 27, 2015 | Research

This study presents findings that highlight the highly-sophisticated and well-orchestrated marketing tactics of the plaintiffs' bar, including television advertising and the use of social media. Read More »

A Perilous Patchwork: Data Privacy and Civil Liability in the Era of the Data Breach

Author: Liisa M. Thomas, Robert H. Newman, and Alessandra Swanson, Winston & Strawn LLP | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper provides an overview of the patchwork of civil liability that U.S. companies face over data breaches, including actions by federal regulators, state attorneys general and private plaintiffs. Read More »

MDL Proceedings: Eliminating the Chaff

Author: John H. Beisner, Jessica D. Miller, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper suggests procedural improvements to weed out dubious and fraudulent claims in the early stages of multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings to prevent them from becoming "lawsuit magnets." Read More »

Constitutional Constraints: Provisions Limiting Excessive Government Fines

Author: Paul D. Clement, Bancroft PLLC | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper outlines the constitutional constraints that limit excessive and duplicative government fines and penalties, including the Excessive Fines Clause and Due Process Clause. Read More »

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