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 - July 19, 2019

    July 19, 2019 | News

    "8 Key Elements Of An Effective Antitrust Compliance Program"; Missouri Lawmaker Says Legislature Will Continue Legal Reform Momentum Next Session... Read More

  2. New Report: Securities Plaintiffs' Attorneys May Be Inflating Hours

    July 19, 2019 | News

    A new report released by three law professors found that plaintiffs' attorneys in securities class actions may be incentivized to inflate their billable hours to justify large fee awards, Law360 reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - July 18, 2019

    July 18, 2019 | News

    New York Federal Judge Tossed FCA Suit Challenged By DOJ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - July 17, 2019

    July 17, 2019 | News

    EU Data Privacy Fines Are Getting Steep. Will This Be the New Normal?... Read More

  5. New ILR Podcast Breaks Down U.S. Supreme Court's Class Action Record

    July 17, 2019 | News

    In episode three of Cause for Action, the U.S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim and the Chamber Litigation Center's Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel Steve Lehotsky break down the significance of key Supreme Court decisions from the recently-ended term.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - July 16, 2019

    July 16, 2019 | News

    "Collective Investor Actions" On The Rise... Read More

  7. Smarter, Better, Faster

    July 16, 2019 | Blogs

    "If you ain't first, you're last" wasn't just the catchphrase of Ricky Bobby, the fictional race car driver from Talladega Nights; until last week, it was also the policy of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division when it came to companies reporting antitrust violations. ... Read More

  8. In the News Today - July 15, 2019

    July 15, 2019 | News

    DOJ Revamps Antitrust Compliance Policy; Florida Legal Expert Says Insurance Rates Will Drop Now That AOB Law Is In Effect... Read More

  9. New ILR Research Finds Private Rights Of Action Are "Inefficient and Ineffective"

    July 15, 2019 | News

    A new research paper released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) found that "private rights of action are inefficient and ineffective," particularly when used to address data privacy concerns.... Read More

  10. New Study: Lawsuits Are Poor Tools for Protecting Privacy

    July 15, 2019 | Press Release

    A new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows what happens when plaintiffs' lawyers are given the green light to enforce privacy laws through private rights of action: clogged courts, less innovation and no real benefit to consumers. ... Read More