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. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Statement On Lawsuit Filed Against Dairy Industry

    June 27, 2005 | Press Release

    Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit filed today against the dairy industry : ... Read More

  2. Chamber Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Take Up Bills Aimed at Curbing Lawsuit Abuse

    May 24, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly take up three vital pieces of legal reform legislation that were reported out of the House Judiciary Committee today. ... Read More

  3. New Coalition Formed to Help Stop Lawsuit Abuse

    May 04, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new coalition has been formed to support the federal Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 (LARA), H.R. 420. This common-sense legislation would help put an end to personal injury lawyers gaming the civil justice system by filing frivolous lawsuits and forum shopping. These abuses are a threat to American businesses and their employees. ... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Releases Poll Showing Arbitration Faster, Simpler and Less Costly than Litigation

    April 13, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) survey by Harris Interactive found wide satisfaction among individuals who chose arbitration over litigation to resolve a dispute.... Read More

  5. Chamber Calls for Investigation of Asbestos Doctors and Lawyers Cites New Evidence of ?Substantial and Systematic Fraud?

    April 07, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue has asked the Justice Department to investigate compelling new evidence of fraud that has emerged in asbestos and silica litigation.... Read More

  6. U.S. Chamber Annual Survey Bolsters Need for Legal Reform

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released its Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Rankings Study and launched a national advertising campaign to highlight the results and promote federal and state-based legal reform. ... Read More

  7. Chamber Celebrates Landmark Victory in Fight Against Lawsuit Abuse

    February 16, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Class Action Fairness Act (S.5), a bill designed to curb class action lawsuit abuse in state courts. "America's employers and consumers are the big winners today," said Tom Donohue, Chamber President and CEO. "Reform of the class action lawsuit system will reduce frivolous lawsuits, spur business investment and help restore sanity to our nation's legal system." ... Read More