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 - April 9, 2019

    April 09, 2019 | News

    Mississippi AG Candidate Says State Should Stop Using Private Lawyers... Read More

  2. Florida AOB reform legislation moves “farther in the process than any reform efforts have before”

    April 08, 2019 | News

    As the Florida House prepares to debate Assignment of Benefits (AOB) reform this week, realtors' advocacy group Florida Realtors voiced its support for House Bill 7065 and Senate Bill 122. Both of those bills promise to reduce insurance premiums for policyholders by cracking down on AOB abuse, writes the Florida Record.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - April 5, 2019

    April 05, 2019 | News

    Louisiana Industry Group Warns Coastal Lawsuit Will Kill Jobs... Read More

  4. North Dakota Joins Ohio in Rejecting Controversial ALI Restatement

    April 05, 2019 | News

    Late last month, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a law stating that judges in the state "may not apply, give weight to, or afford recognition to, the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance as an authoritative reference" with respect to North Dakota laws and rules. ... Read More

  5. Texas House Committee Passes Bill to Bring Transparency, Accountability to Municipal Contingency Fee Contracts

    April 04, 2019 | News

    Legislation expanding standards of quality and transparency in private attorney contracting to cities and counties has passed a key legislative hurdle in Texas.... Read More

  6. Lone Star Lawmakers Take Lead in Tackling Trio of Troubling Lawsuit Abuses

    March 29, 2019 | Blogs

    At a Judiciary Committee hearing this week, the Texas House of Representatives debated a trio of bills that address key issues facing the civil justice system today: The growing problem of lawsuits by cities and counties, harmful trial lawyer advertising misleading seniors into stopping their medications, and big finance firms investing in lawsuits.... Read More

  7. ILR Research Review - Spring 2019

    March 21, 2019 | Research

    The rising pace of private securities class actions could present a threat to the health of U.S. capital markets, while the ongoing wave of municipality lawsuits stands in the way of global settlements and undermines the authority of lawmakers and state attorneys general. White papers covered in this edition of the ILR Research Review detail the causes and current state of these litigation trends, along with a full suite of solutions to address them.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - Mach 14, 2019

    March 14, 2019 | News

    Virginia doesn't want one of Bloomberg's environmental prosecutors sent to its AG's office... Read More

  9. In the News Today - March 4, 2019

    March 04, 2019 | News

    USA Today Cites Legal Climates in Best States For Business Rankings... Read More

  10. "Leave Opioid Lawsuits to State Attorneys General"

    March 04, 2019 | News

    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen and former Connecticut Deputy Attorney General Perry Zinn Rowthorn called on local and municipal governments to drop their lawsuits, and instead work with attorneys general to achieve a final resolution in opioid litigation across the country.... Read More