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. SCOTUS Punts on Cy Pres Issue

    March 21, 2019 | News

    In an 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a case regarding the fairness of cy pres settlements back to the Ninth Circuit, Law360 reports.... Read More

  2. ILR Research Review - Spring 2019

    March 21, 2019 | Research

    The rising pace of private securities class actions could present a threat to the health of U.S. capital markets, while the ongoing wave of municipality lawsuits stands in the way of global settlements and undermines the authority of lawmakers and state attorneys general. White papers covered in this edition of the ILR Research Review detail the causes and current state of these litigation trends, along with a full suite of solutions to address them.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - March 20, 2019

    March 20, 2019 | News

    Businesses Call for Oversight of Proxy Firms; "The Post-Cyan Spike In State Securities Act Filings"... Read More

  4. Texas Lawmakers Move Against American Law Institute's Controversial Restatement

    March 19, 2019 | News

    Texas lawmakers have filed legislation to discourage the state's judges from using the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, the Pennsylvania Record reports.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - March 15, 2019

    March 15, 2019 | News

    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Has Entered an Era of Transparency in Incentives and Rewards... Read More

  6. MDLs Surge to Majority of Entire Federal Civil Caseload

    March 15, 2019 | News

    For the first time, multidistrict litigation makes up more than half of the federal civil caseload, according to a new Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) study profiled by Law360.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - Mach 14, 2019

    March 14, 2019 | News

    Virginia doesn't want one of Bloomberg's environmental prosecutors sent to its AG's office... Read More

  8. Georgia High Court Ruling Curbs 'Gotcha' Bad Faith Cases

    March 14, 2019 | News

    Earlier this week, Georgia's Supreme Court ruled that an insurer can't be sued for failing to settle a claim against its policyholder within policy limits unless the insurer received a valid settlement offer, Law360 reports.... Read More

  9. Stop Fraud, PROTECT Asbestos Victims

    March 14, 2019 | Blogs

    Fraud and abuse have become entrenched in the nation's asbestos bankruptcy trust system. Lawmakers must act to fix it.... Read More

  10. Department of Justice Changes Its Ephemeral Messaging Policy

    March 13, 2019 | Blogs

    Ephemeral messaging has completely changed how companies communicate around the world. These apps are faster, easier and can be more secure than email. But since 2017, companies have had to wonder what's up with using WhatsApp (and other similar platforms) while cooperating with Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. ... Read More