Federal

The federal government and the states each play an important role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. While for the past several years most legal reform activity has occurred at the state level, with states enacting several effective, high-profile reforms, many important legal reforms have also been enacted and implemented at the federal level. With the changing political landscape, an increase in legal reform action at the federal level can be expected. 

Congress is currently considering a number of important legal reform proposals that would help restore balance to America's civil justice system. These include asbestos litigation reform, mandatory sanctions for filling frivolous litigation, protecting innocent parties from being unfairly or fradulently joines into a lawsuit, class action and multi-district litigation reforms, increased certainty where the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is concerned, and reform of over-broad laws that threaten individuals and business with criminal prosecution absent any criminal intent, among others.

In addition to these proactive legal reform efforts, there is a need to defend against efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar to expand liability in Congress, federal courts, and regulatory agencies.

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  1. In the News Today- January 15, 2019

    January 15, 2019 | News

    "Drop the Climate Lawsuit;" What To Make Of DOJ's 2018 False Claims Act Report"... Read More

  2. In the News Today - January 11, 2019

    January 11, 2019 | News

    "One Year Later, NYC's Climate Lawsuit Wastes Taxpayer Money to Boost de Blasio's Credentials"... Read More

  3. Do the DOJ Qui Tam Dismissals Signal a Department Sea Change?

    January 10, 2019 | News

    Legal Newsline reports in Forbes that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent move to dismiss 11 whistleblower, or qui tam, lawsuits under the False Claims Act may be a shift towards an administration strategy to "rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars."... Read More

  4. A New Day for the Florida Supreme Court

    January 09, 2019 | Blogs

    It won't be long before Major League Baseball's spring training is in the air, and teams flock to Florida to begin tuning up for the regular season...... Read More

  5. In The News Today - January 8, 2019

    January 08, 2019 | News

    Top Securities News of 2018... Read More

  6. Pharma Companies Say Lawyers "Flagrantly Violated" Restrictions and Ethics

    January 08, 2019 | News

    The companies in opioid-related litigation accused the plaintiffs' lawyers of "flagrantly" violating restrictions on information disclosure during a "60 Minutes" interview, Law360 reports.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - January 7, 2019

    January 07, 2019 | News

    "Fighting a Tort Plague;" U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on M&A Lawsuit Standards... Read More

  8. 2018 Saw "Heightened" Pace of Securities Filings

    January 07, 2019 | News

    Kevin LaCroix of D&O Diary said that securities lawsuit filings "remained well above historical patterns" in 2018 and were "significantly inflated by the number of federal court merger objection lawsuit filings."... Read More

  9. In the News Today - January 4, 2019

    January 04, 2019 | News

    Illinois Judge Rules for Google in State Biometric Data Lawsuit... Read More

  10. London Judge Stops Litigation Funder's Quick Attempt To Collect

    January 04, 2019 | News

    A London judge rejected an attempt by litigation funder Vannin Capital to collect the £14 million ($17.7 million) they believed they are owed from funding a lawsuit against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Law360 reports.... Read More