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. 30 General Counsel Urge Transparency for Litigation Funding

    January 31, 2019 | Blogs

    As bone-chilling cold grips a large part of the country, a group of 30 general counsel and senior litigators from major U.S. companies gave a cool reception to third party litigation funding (TPLF) in a letter sent today to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. The letter supports a petition to the Committee, led by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and co-signed by 29 other trade associations, advocating a rule requiring transparency for funding agreements in federal civil lawsuits. ... Read More

  2. "Click, Then Sue": How a Robocall App Acted as a Lawyer Referral Service

    January 30, 2019 | News

    Legal Newsline reports in Forbes that a robocall complaint app was actually operating as an unapproved lawyer referral service in Florida.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - January 29, 2019

    January 29, 2019 | News

    "Can Judges Bar Class Action Settlement Talks Before Certification?;" "Can 'Bundle' Payment Plans Shield Against FCA Liability?"... Read More

  4. U.S. Litigation Funder Enters The Australian Market

    January 29, 2019 | News

    In the latest sign of the explosive growth of the litigation funding industry, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that U.S.-based litigation funder Burford Capital is entering the Australian market.... Read More

  5. Illinois Supreme Court Opens the Door to Wave of Data Litigation

    January 28, 2019 | News

    The Illinois Supreme Court last week lowered the threshold for lawsuits under the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). One defense attorney told Law360 that the decision will open businesses to "hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in exposure."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - January 25, 2019

    January 25, 2019 | News

    "California Leads In Class Action Lawsuits;" Class Action Defense Lawyers Say Reassigned Number Database a "Positive First Step"... Read More

  7. ILR's Harold Kim: Businesses Don't Think They'll Get a "Fair Shake" in Louisiana Courts

    January 25, 2019 | News

    Harold Kim, the chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), said businesses and their attorneys fear they won't get a "fair shake" in Louisiana courts.... Read More

  8. What's New in Securities Class Action Lawsuits and Litigation Reform

    January 25, 2019 | News

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  9. In the News Today - January 23, 2019

    January 23, 2019 | News

    Arkansas Pension Fund At Center of State Street Debacle to Review Law Firms... Read More

  10. Columbia Law Professor: Public Company's Chances of Being Sued at 12-Year High

    January 23, 2019 | News

    Columbia Law professor John Coffee Jr. said in the New York Law Journal the chances that a publicly traded company is hit with a securities class action lawsuit is at its highest since 2006 and more than triple the average litigation rate from 1996 to 2016.... Read More