State Legal Reforms

Under the federal structure of the United States, both the federal government and the states have a role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. Many states have taken the initiative to advance effective, commonsense legal reforms – measures that have brought widespread benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities.  Read More...

Legal reform has been an important state issue for several decades. In fact, California’s landmark medical malpractice law was passed in 1975 – over forty years ago.  

But as the nation’s lawsuit abuse problem has grown, more and more states have chosen to pass reforms. In recent years, significant reforms were enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others.

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  1. In the News Today - September 20, 2019

    September 20, 2019 | News

    Plaintiffs Offer Judge Chance to Review TPLF When Funder Has Input on Litigation Decisions; New Jersey Supreme Court Is State's "Glimmer of Hope"... Read More

  2. "New Day For Florida's Legal Climate" Despite Ranking, ILR COO Says

    September 20, 2019 | News

    Despite the Florida lawsuit system's 46th-in-the-nation ranking in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim said it's a "new day" for the state.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - September 19, 2019

    September 19, 2019 | News

    ILR COO Harold Kim on WGN Radio To Talk About Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Ranking; Average Number of Lawsuits Per Merger Rose In 2018... Read More

  4. Trial Lawyers "Driving A Culture of Litigation" In Louisiana

    September 19, 2019 | News

    U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim told WWL Radio that trial lawyers are "driving a culture of litigation" in Louisiana, which led to the state's new Lawsuit Climate Survey ranking of 49.... Read More

  5. ILR Releases 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking The States

    September 18, 2019 | News

    Illinois' lawsuit system was ranked as the nation's worst in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by Harris Poll and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). ... Read More

  6. West Virginia's Lawsuit Climate Rank Holds Steady at 45th

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    While Progress Has Slowed, State is Still Moving in the Right Direction... Read More

  7. New Jersey's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    The Garden State Fell to Its Lowest Rank Ever... Read More

  8. Missouri's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    St. Louis Ranked 10th Worst in the Nation for Lawsuits... Read More

  9. Louisiana Lawsuit Climate Ranked Nation's 2nd Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    New Orleans/Orleans Parish One of the Nation's Worst Jurisdictions... Read More

  10. Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Ranked Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Asbestos, Data Privacy Lawsuits and Flood of Out-of-State Plaintiffs Make the State a Lawsuit Pariah... Read More



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