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. Mission Drift at the American Law Institute

    August 28, 2018 | Blogs

    The American Law Institute (ALI) is drifting further away from its original mission of crafting clear Restatements of the Law for use by judges and legislators. ... Read More

  2. In the News Today - August 27, 2018

    August 27, 2018 | News

    West Virginia Governor Appoints Two to Open Supreme Court Seats; Ninth Circuit: SCOTUS Escobar Ruling Created a Mandatory Test for FCA Liability... Read More

  3. ILR's Rickard: "No Way" to Know How Much Influence Funders Have If They "Remain in the Dark"

    August 27, 2018 | News

    In an op-ed for the New York Law Journal, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said there's "no way to reliably determine" just how much influence third party litigation funders have over litigation strategy if their arrangements are hidden from public scrutiny. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - August 23, 2018

    August 23, 2018 | News

    Kokesh Doesn't Stop SEC From Collecting Disgorgements, Federal Judge Says... Read More

  5. In the News Today - August 22, 2018

    August 22, 2018 | News

    Ninth Circuit Decision May Lead to More Securities Settlements; "20 Years of Tech: How ILR Has Led the Legal Conversation on Emerging Technologies" ... Read More

  6. Defense Attorneys Examine "Circuit Split" on False Claims Act Dismissals

    August 22, 2018 | News

    In a Law360 analysis piece, two defense attorneys from Wiley Rein LLP examine the growing circuit split on the U.S. Department of Justice's authority to dismiss False Claims Act lawsuits in light of its January Granston memo.... Read More

  7. 20 Years of Tech: How ILR Has Led the Legal Conversation on Emerging Technologies

    August 21, 2018 | Blogs

    ILR continues to confront new issues by identifying trends and applying the latest strategies and tactics to advocate for key legal reforms. ... Read More

  8. In the News Today - August 21, 2018

    August 21, 2018 | News

    Approved $115 Million Settlement Reserves Only 13 Percent of Cash for Victims; West Virginia Senate President Hopes to Start State Supreme Court Impeachment Trials By Mid-September... Read More

  9. NYC Bar Committee Chair: Some TPLF Arrangements "Run Afoul" Of Ethics Rules

    August 21, 2018 | News

    Professor Bruce Green, the chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Professional Ethics, told Legal Newsline in Forbes "that some ways of funding lawyers, financing lawyers, run afoul of the fee-splitting" guidelines.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - August 20, 2018

    August 20, 2018 | News

    Litigation Funder Believes Disclosure Rule is on the Way; UK Corporations Face Growing Risk of Class Actions... Read More