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. California Coffee Kills

    July 03, 2018 | Blogs

    Or at least, that's what the state's Proposition 65 law might lead you to believe.... Read More

  2. Special Master Report on Overbilling Unsealed, Recommends Fines and Repayment

    June 29, 2018 | News

    The special master's report in the $300 billion State Street securities lawsuit has been released, and recommends plaintiffs' attorneys return up to $10.6 million of the $75 million fee award, Law360 reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - June 28, 2018

    June 28, 2018 | News

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  4. Former Bentham Exec Launches New Litigation Funding Firm

    June 28, 2018 | News

    A former executive at the major litigation funding firm Bentham IMF launched his own new firm this week, Law360 reports.... Read More

  5. Lighting the Way: FCA Reform and Compliance Program Credit

    June 27, 2018 | Research

    This paper contends that in order to encourage companies to create and sustain a culture of consistent compliance, particularly with regard to the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice should formalize a policy of offering credit for companies that implement effective compliance and ethics programs.... Read More

  6. "ILR at 20": ILR President Rickard Sits Down With Corporate Counsel

    June 26, 2018 | News

    This week, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard sat for a question-and-answer discussion with Corporate Counsel on the development of the legal landscape during the first 20 years of ILR.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - June 25, 2018

    June 25, 2018 | News

    Major Plaintiffs' Firm Hit With RICO Lawsuit; Plaintiffs' Firm in Center of Overbilling and Public Corruption Controversy Wants to See Judge's Communications... Read More

  8. Controversy Begins to Swirl Around ALI's Next Restatement

    June 25, 2018 | News

    After taking heat for how the recently passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance was written, the American Law Institute (ALI) is now facing similar criticism over its upcoming restatement on consumer contracts, Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.... Read More

  9. Australian Defense Lawyer Disappointed in Class Action Report

    June 22, 2018 | News

    A class action defense lawyer in Australia said the Victorian Law Reform Commission's recommendation report on class action litigation regulation was "very disappointing," the Australian Financial Review reports.... Read More

  10. Law Professor: "Lawsuit Lenders are Like Sharks to Shipwrecks"

    June 21, 2018 | News

    A law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law said "lawsuit lenders are like sharks to shipwrecks" who "capitaliz[e] on tragedy" in a response to a defense of the industry in Crain's New York Business.... Read More