The federal government and the states each play an important role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. Many important legal reforms have been enacted and implemented at the federal level, ensuring reliable national standards that give businesses the predictability they need in order to operate. 

Congress is currently considering a number of important legal reform proposals that would help restore balance to America's civil justice system. These include national preemptive data privacy legislation, asbestos litigation reform, and disclosure of third-party funding arrangements, among others. 

In addition, some Departments of the Executive Branch have promulgated internal reforms that are designed to ensure fairness and due process in enforcement actions. For example, both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Justice have announced that their civil enforcement actions must be based on clear statutory or regulatory authority. The Justice Department also has adopted policies to encourage corporate compliance programs and cooperation in investigations; these policies will increase corporate adherence to regulatory requirements and preserve finite government resources. For more detail see the Over-Enforcement page.

Finally, there is a need to defend against efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar to expand liability in Congress, federal courts, and regulatory agencies. For example, the trial bar is working to increase class action litigation, eliminate the availability of pre-dispute arbitration agreements and increase liability against product manufacturers.


Suggested Resources

  • Ill-Suited: Private Rights of Action and Privacy Claims

    Ill-Suited: Private Rights of Action and Privacy Claims

    July 11, 2019

    Private rights of action (PRAs) are highly problematic: the plaintiffs' bar benefits significantly from America's lawsuit system, while consumers are left with little. PRAs are especially poor tools for addressing privacy issues, which are better left to regulators with relevant expertise and perspective to shape and balance penalties, deterrence, innovation, and consumer protection. Read More

  • MDL Imbalance: Why Defendants Need Timely Access To Interlocutory Review

    MDL Imbalance: Why Defendants Need Timely Access To Interlocutory Review

    April 24, 2019

    Multidistrict litigation proceedings (MDLs) were created as an efficient way to handle pretrial proceedings in hundreds or thousands of similar cases against the same defendant. Unfortunately, MDLs also give plaintiffs an unfair advantage when it comes to appeals. If a defendant makes a dispositive motion-on preemption or expert evidence, for example-and is denied, it won't normally have access to immediate appeal. But if the defendant wins the motion, plaintiffs can appeal right away. This paper argues for courts to give MDL plaintiffs and defendants equal access to appellate review. Read More

All Results for Federal

  1. FTC Will "Continue To Monitor" Lawyer Advertising Following Warnings

    December 09, 2019 | News

    After the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned several plaintiffs' law firms and lead generators, an FTC official told Law.com that the agency will continue to "monitor" the issue for new developments.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - December 6, 2019

    December 06, 2019 | News

    Biometric Data Law Can Cause Litigation "Explosion," Florida Chamber Warns... Read More

  3. Trial Lawyer Advertising Can Fuel Life Sciences Litigation, Attorneys Say

    December 06, 2019 | News

    Two attorneys with the DLA Piper law firm say trial lawyer advertising, combined with lower standards for mass tort lawsuits, can fuel litigation against the life sciences industry.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - December 5, 2019

    December 05, 2019 | News

    Plaintiffs' Lawyers Lobbying Congress As PFAS Debate Heats Up; Judge Says "Pay To Play" Must Stay Out of Securities Litigation ... Read More

  5. Australian High Court Ruling Will Disrupt Litigation Funders' Business Model

    December 05, 2019 | News

    The High Court of Australia ruled yesterday that courts have no power to order class members to pay a portion of their recoveries to litigation funders, which Law.com says could be "a major blow" to the industry.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - December 4, 2019

    December 04, 2019 | News

    "Financial Cos. Face A New Normal Under State Privacy Laws"... Read More

  7. California Data Law Filled With "Subjective" Language, Advocates Say

    December 04, 2019 | News

    Business advocates said the California Consumer Privacy Act contains "subjective" language at a meeting with state government officials, Law.com reports.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - November 26, 2019

    November 26, 2019 | News

    Conservative Case for Class Actions Doesn't Pass Smell Test... Read More

  9. Misleading TV Ads Make Trial Lawyers Rich

    November 26, 2019 | News

    Beyond inflating litigation, lawsuit ads can create serious and negative public health impacts. ... Read More

  10. The Mass Tort Advertising Machine

    November 26, 2019 | News

    Plaintiffs' lawyers have spent tens of millions of dollars on ads recruiting plaintiffs against Roundup, Bayer-Monsanto's glyphosate-based weed-killer, and that spending is paying off.... Read More