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. Lead Attorney for Infamous Ecuadorian Chevron Lawsuit Held in Contempt

    May 24, 2019 | News

    The same U.S. District Judge who ruled that a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron was "procured by fraud" held the case's lead attorney in contempt yesterday for violating a 2014 order not to profit off the case. ... Read More

  2. In the News Today - May 23, 2019

    May 23, 2019 | News

    Defense Counsel: Class Action Risk "Difficult to Overstate" In Proposed Mass. Privacy Law; "Tips For Using DOJ Guidance In A Compliance Program"... Read More

  3. In the News Today - May 22, 2019

    May 22, 2019 | News

    ALI Tables Most of Its Consumer Contracts Restatement; Attorneys Say Calif. Data Law, Class Actions an "Awful Combination"... Read More

  4. Is Nevada the Next State to Crack Down On Predatory Lawsuit Lending?

    May 22, 2019 | News

    The Nevada Current has a story on the push in the state legislature to regulate lawsuit loans that often come with sky-high interest rates.... Read More

  5. "Calif. Privacy Law Will Likely Prompt Flood Of Class Actions"

    May 21, 2019 | News

    A Sidley Austin law firm partner writes that the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has "has potentially far-reaching implications for class action litigation and will not go unnoticed by the plaintiffs' bar."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - May 20, 2019

    May 20, 2019 | News

    "Inside The New FCA Cooperation Credit Guidelines"... Read More

  7. Liability-Expanding Bill Fails In California Senate

    May 20, 2019 | News

    According to Corporate Counsel, a bill that would have expanded liability under California's new Consumer Privacy Act failed a procedural vote in the state's Senate last week.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - May 17, 2019

    May 17, 2019 | News

    ILR President Says "Only Winners Will Be Trial Lawyers" If Congress Takes Away Arbitration... Read More

  9. FCC Commissioner: TCPA Litigation a "Mess"

    May 17, 2019 | News

    Commissioner Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said yesterday that class action litigation around the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a "mess" and a "spider web."... Read More

  10. In the News Today - May 16, 2019

    May 16, 2019 | News

    "State AGs Protest ALI Consumer Contract Restatement;" Litigation Funders Walk Through "Tools" They Use to Keep Recipients in Line... Read More