News & Blog

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports.

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports. Read More »

Justice Advances in the Mountain State

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. Read More »

In the News Today - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

Congress Urged to Adopt National Data Breach Standard; 7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal Read More »

"Lawsuit Abuse Threatens Manufacturing"

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

In a Pittsburgh Business Times op-ed, the president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association said the state's "trial lawyer-friendly environment allows frivolous litigation that costs all Pennsylvanians." Read More »

In the News Today - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawsuit Filed Over L.L. Bean's 1-Year Limit on Returns; West Va. House Moves to Limit Attorney General's Use of Settlement Funds Read More »

Former South Carolina Lawmaker Sentenced for Improperly Using Office to Help Trial Lawyers

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Former South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn has been sentenced to 500 hours of community service, The State reports. Read More »

The Trial Lawyers Behind the Climate Litigation Racket

February 13, 2018 | News and Blog

In essence, plaintiff firms are devising new theories, such as "climate crime," and using government-backed cases to test these theories in court, in the hopes of raking in billions. Read More »

In the News Today - February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018 | News and Blog

Asbestos Documentary Spurs Fight to Unseal Deposition in Travis County Read More »

States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

NYT: DOJ Memo Ushers in "Sweeping Limits" on Federal Enforcement Actions

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

ILR's Harold Kim said the Department of Justice's memo that limited the use of "guidance documents" could rein in "overzealous enforcement," reports the New York Times. Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports. Read More »

Justice Advances in the Mountain State

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. Read More »

In the News Today - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

Congress Urged to Adopt National Data Breach Standard; 7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal Read More »

"Lawsuit Abuse Threatens Manufacturing"

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

In a Pittsburgh Business Times op-ed, the president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association said the state's "trial lawyer-friendly environment allows frivolous litigation that costs all Pennsylvanians." Read More »

In the News Today - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawsuit Filed Over L.L. Bean's 1-Year Limit on Returns; West Va. House Moves to Limit Attorney General's Use of Settlement Funds Read More »

Former South Carolina Lawmaker Sentenced for Improperly Using Office to Help Trial Lawyers

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Former South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn has been sentenced to 500 hours of community service, The State reports. Read More »

The Trial Lawyers Behind the Climate Litigation Racket

February 13, 2018 | News and Blog

In essence, plaintiff firms are devising new theories, such as "climate crime," and using government-backed cases to test these theories in court, in the hopes of raking in billions. Read More »

In the News Today - February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018 | News and Blog

Asbestos Documentary Spurs Fight to Unseal Deposition in Travis County Read More »

States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

NYT: DOJ Memo Ushers in "Sweeping Limits" on Federal Enforcement Actions

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

ILR's Harold Kim said the Department of Justice's memo that limited the use of "guidance documents" could rein in "overzealous enforcement," reports the New York Times. Read More »

Lawsuit Claiming Consumer was "Deceived" About Sugar in Jelly Beans Named Most Ridiculous of 2017

December 21, 2017 | Press Release

Annual List of Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Released Today Read More »

Study: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Cause Spike in Reports of Patient Health Incidents, Deaths

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that lawsuit ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices have caused at least 61 serious medical events -- including six deaths -- an increase from previous reports. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Announces 2017 Legal Reform Award Winners

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced its 2017 Legal Reform Award winners at its 18th Annual Legal Reform Summit. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB's Arbitration Rule

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration rule... Read More »

U.S. Chamber Praises House Passage of Legislation to Bar Federal Agencies from Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Parties

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to pass the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017," (H.R. 732): ... Read More »

Survey: Georgia's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 18, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, Georgia's lawsuit climate ranked number 40 out of 50 in a new national survey recently released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Just five years ago, Georgia ranked number 24 in the same survey. Read More »

Survey: 85 Percent of Businesses Say State Lawsuit Climates Impact Decisions on Expansion, Growth

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An all-time high 85 percent of senior business executives at major U.S. companies say a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact decisions about where to locate or expand their business, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) new 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Read More »

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in West Virginia

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its best showing ever, West Virginia's lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before today's release, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years. Read More »

Survey: Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Stuck in Nation's Bottom Tier

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate ranked 37th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

Survey: New Jersey's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, New Jersey's lawsuit climate ranked number 41 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). In 2006, New Jersey ranked number 25 in the same survey. Read More »

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

January 10, 2018 | Research

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. Read More »

ILR Research Review - Fall 2017

November 30, 2017 | Research

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. Read More »

Unstable Foundation: Our Broken Class Action System and How to Fix It

October 24, 2017 | Research

Unstable Foundation examines the pervasive flaws afflicting the United States' class action system. Class actions rarely provide meaningful compensation for class members, and are poorly suited to deterring wrongful conduct. Read More »

Collective Redress Tourism: Preventing Forum Shopping in the EU

October 24, 2017 | Research

The EU is experiencing a wave of new "collective redress" or "class action" mechanisms being introduced in the Member States. However, there is little consistency across the EU regarding when or how actions may be brought, and the features Read More »

Bad for Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications and Solutions

October 24, 2017 | Research

This paper documents the proliferation of alarmist, misleading ads soliciting the public to file lawsuits against prescription drug and medical device companies. The report explores how these ads exaggerate product risks, minimize benefits Read More »

Recipe for Reform: A Proposal for Improving Canadian Class Action Procedures

October 24, 2017 | Research

There are serious concerns that many aspects of and developments in the class action regimes in Canada impose unwarranted burdens on defendants and the courts, at the ultimate expense of shareholders, taxpayers and consumers. Read More »

Supporting Safeguards: EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

September 27, 2017 | Research

As the Commission of the European Union prepares to make a significant policy decision on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States), it is important to assess how European consumers feel about the development of these mechanisms. This survey captured 6,177 consumers in six EU Member States Read More »

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

September 12, 2017 | Research

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states' liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Read More »

101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - FIFTH EDITION 2017

September 12, 2017 | Research

A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with a compendium of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote state economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice. Read More »

TCPA Litigation Sprawl: A Study of the Sources and Targets of Recent TCPA Lawsuits

Author: Becca Wahlquist, Snell & Wilmer LLP | August 31, 2017 | Research

TCPA Litigation Sprawl is a macro-level analysis of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation that reviews all TCPA federal complaints and a segment of electronically-available state complaints from a 17-month period after the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) issued its July 2015 Omnibus Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

  • bulletClick to Narrow Your Results
  • 2017 Legal Reform Summit Recap