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. In the News Today - September 11, 2018

    September 11, 2018 | News

    Litigation Funder Files to Go Public; "Time To Turn Up The Heat On Lawsuit Abuse In Louisiana"... Read More

  2. In the News Today - September 7, 2018

    September 07, 2018 | News

    Third Circuit Rejects "Buyer's Remorse" As An Injury... Read More

  3. In the News Today - September 6, 2018

    September 06, 2018 | News

    "Why Escobar Materiality Rule Applies To California FCA"... Read More

  4. In the News Today - September 5, 2018

    September 05, 2018 | News

    Florida Insurance Officer Warns of Assignment of Benefits Scams; Is Data Privacy the "Next Australian Securities Litigation Frontier?"... Read More

  5. Op-ed: American Law Institute's "Overstepping" Should Be Key Issue at SCOTUS Hearing

    September 05, 2018 | News

    In an op-ed for Foxnews.com, columnist John Fund called on U.S. Senators to ask U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he, like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, believes the American Law Institute (ALI) "has been overstepping its mandate to clarify the law and is trying to reinvent it instead."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - August 31, 2018

    August 31, 2018 | News

    FDA: Coffee Does Not Need California Warning Label; Bayer, Janssen Get Third Win in Xarelto-related Litigation... Read More

  7. In the News Today - August 29, 2018

    August 29, 2018 | News

    Healthcare Group Asks for TCPA Clarity; Recent Decision Adds to "Growing Consensus" on False Claims Act Test... Read More

  8. Growing Amount of Food Litigation Making "Mockery" of Justice System, Attorney Says

    August 29, 2018 | News

    Cary Silverman, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, told the ABA Journal that the growing number of slack fill lawsuits is making a "mockery of the civil justice system."... Read More

  9. In the News Today - August 28, 2018

    August 28, 2018 | News

    Will Europe's New General Data Protection Regulation Law Spark More Securities Lawsuits?; "Mission Drift at the American Law Institute"... Read More

  10. State Lawsuit Climate Impact On Display As Amazon's HQ2 Search Continues, ILR's Rickard Says

    August 28, 2018 | News

    The effects of a state's lawsuit climate are now playing out on a national stage as Amazon picks a location for its second headquarters, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard said in a new Washington Times op-ed.... Read More