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. Fixing the False Claims Act: The Case for Compliance-Focused Reforms

    October 23, 2013 | Research

    Authored by Peter Hutt of Akin Gump and David Ogden of Wilmer Hale, this paper proposes a number of reforms to the False Claims Act.... Read More

  2. Third Party Litigation Financing in Australia: Class Actions, Conflicts and Controversy

    October 23, 2013 | Research

    Authored by Moira Saville of King & Wood Mallesons, this paper addresses the lack of regulation of third-party litigation financing in Australia.... Read More

  3. The New Lawsuit Ecosystem: Trends, Targets and Players

    October 23, 2013 | Research

    Authored by a distinguished group of practitioners, this report examines the developing lawsuit "ecosystem" and areas of litigation of most concern to the business community.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - October 22, 2013

    October 22, 2013 | News and Blog

    A Manhattan federal judge dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit that accused a Chinese subsidiary of Siemens of violating Dodd-Frank. The judge ruled that the act's whistleblower protection provisions do not apply extraterritorially.... Read More

  5. Bayou State Fund is a Voracious Frequent Filer

    October 21, 2013 | News and Blog

    One of the most litigious pension funds in the country, the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System (LMPERS), has filed at least 133 suits in a five-year period, including a 10-day stretch in February when they sued five companies, reports Fortune Magazine.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - October 21, 2013

    October 21, 2013 | News and Blog

    JP Morgan has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle investigations by the Department of Justice into their mortgage-backed securities business, but the deal reportedly would not settle a criminal probe. ... Read More

  7. Stitching the Loopholes: Exploring the Spectrum of Class Action Solutions

    October 10, 2013 | News and Blog

    When the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) became law in 2005, the wiser and wealthier members of class action plaintiffs' bar met in closed quarters looking for loopholes to avoid having class actions heard in federal courts. ... Read More

  8. In the News

    September 25, 2013 | News and Blog

    A week after six lawyers left a Plaintiffs Steering Committee, a lawyer has voluntarily dropped a bellweather transvaginal mesh case against CR Bard Inc. ... Read More

  9. 9th Circuit Allows CAFA Sidestep

    September 25, 2013 | News and Blog

    On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a mass action against Teva Pharmaceuticals can stay in California state court... Read More

  10. In the News

    September 24, 2013 | News and Blog

    On Monday, BP asked a court to halt payments from the gulf oil spill settlement fund until the administrator implements recommendations to improve efficiency and accounting controls.... Read More