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. DOJ Class Action Review "Heartening," ILR SVP Says

    February 08, 2019 | News

    The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) action on unfair class action settlements is "heartening," Matt Webb, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) senior vice president of legal reform policy, told Law360.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 7, 2019

    February 07, 2019 | News

    "Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About the CCPA"... Read More

  3. Rare Securities Verdict Results in Split Decision

    February 07, 2019 | News

    A California jury's verdict this week was an "extremely rare" occasion for securities class action lawsuits and the first since 2014, Kevin LaCroix reports in D&O Diary. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - February 6, 2019

    February 06, 2019 | News

    Business Groups Ask For Clarity on New California Data Privacy Law... Read More

  5. DOJ Moves to Dismiss False Claims Lawsuits Driven By Stock Short Seller

    February 06, 2019 | News

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has moved to dismiss two whistleblower False Claims Act lawsuits that were filed by a former hedge fund manager who shorted stock in the companies he sued, Legal Newsline reports in Forbes. ... Read More

  6. In the News Today - February 5, 2019

    February 05, 2019 | News

    DOJ Urges Sixth Circuit to Reject Class Action Settlement... Read More

  7. In the News Today - February 4, 2019

    February 04, 2019 | News

    The Granston Memo, One Year Later; Are New Data Rules Fueling Securities Litigation in Europe?... Read More

  8. NYT: Questions About Attorneys' Fees Arise in Mesh Litigation

    February 04, 2019 | News

    While the value of pelvic mesh settlements pushes $8 billion, claimants are questioning why their payouts are "less than settlements reached in other mass torts," The New York Times reports.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - February 1, 2019

    February 01, 2019 | News

    Three Firms Have Been Driving The Securities Litigation Boom; New York City Asbestos Court Cites Higher Evidentiary Standard In Dismissal... Read More

  10. Legal Officers and GCs Ask for Litigation Funding Transparency

    February 01, 2019 | News

    A group of 30 chief legal officers and general counsel sent a letter to the chief counsel and secretary of the Federal Rules Committee calling for full disclosure of third party litigation funding (TPLF), The Recorder reports.... Read More