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. ILR EVP Harold Kim: Increased DOJ Oversight Can Keep Bankruptcy Trusts "Honest"

    October 31, 2018 | News

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Executive Vice President Harold Kim told the Associated Press that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) increased oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts will "hopefully keep these trusts honest."... Read More

  2. In the News Today - October 30, 2018

    October 30, 2018 | News

    Florida's Insurance Rates Continue to Grow as AOB Challenges Fester; "The Challenging Securities Litigation Landscape in Australia"... Read More

  3. Chevron Asks NY Judge to Hold Donziger In Contempt

    October 30, 2018 | News

    Chevron attorneys asked a New York federal judge to hold now-disbarred plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donziger in contempt for his 20-year attempt to enforce a judgment that was found to be fraudulent, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - October 29, 2018

    October 29, 2018 | News

    Industry Associations Ask FCC For New Autodialer Definition... Read More

  5. ILR President Lisa Rickard: U.S. Tort System is "Inefficient"

    October 29, 2018 | News

    In a new op-ed in The Hill, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard said a new study proves that "Americans are paying a premium" for a tort system "that sometimes fails to deliver... Read More

  6. "The Ethical Pollution of Buying Justice"

    October 26, 2018 | News

    Investigative journalist and columnist John Solomon said in an op-ed in The Hill that the recent lawsuit against Exxon was driven by an outside-funded lawyer working in the New York State attorney general's office.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - October 25, 2018

    October 25, 2018 | News

    New York AG Sues Exxon For Allegedly Defrauding Investors Regarding Climate Change's Effects on Business; "Time for Another Round of Securities Class Action Litigation Reform?"... Read More

  8. New ILR Research: U.S. Tort System Cost $429 Billion in 2016

    October 25, 2018 | News

    A new report found that the costs and compensation in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion in 2016, according to Law.com.... Read More

  9. Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    The tort system cost Americans $429 billion in 2016. That's the principal finding from ILR's new research, which arrives at that shocking figure by examining data on liability insurance premiums and estimates of the liability exposure of businesses and individuals that are uninsured or self-insured. The research also indicates that only 57 percent of the $429 billion went to plaintiff compensation. The rest went to lawyers' fees and other expenses.... Read More

  10. A Rising Threat: The New Class Action Racket That Harms Investors and the Economy

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    Abusive securities class action lawsuits are imposing huge costs on investors without providing any benefit, and the only winners are the lawyers, who take home millions of dollars in fees. This research documents how the plaintiffs' bar has adapted to the litigation reforms of the ‘90s to launch a new wave of securities class actions-one that is already reaching record heights.... Read More