As anyone who has ever watched daytime television knows, advertisements soliciting plaintiffs for lawsuits are nearly impossible to escape. In fact, the volume of these types of ads has more than tripled over the past decade. These commercials are not just annoying; in some instances, they are deceptive and dangerous. The problem is particularly serious in the prescription drug and medical device lawsuit advertisement context, where some patients stop taking life-saving medications because of deceiving information in trial lawyer advertisements. Read More...
ILR’s trial lawyer advertising program focuses on addressing this deceptive advertising by advocating for safeguards to prevent consumers and patients from being harmed in the name of trial lawyers looking to make a profit. Further oversight and enforcement would ensure that trial lawyer profit does not come before public health. ILR works to engage federal regulatory and enforcement agencies, state legislators, and state attorneys general, to rein in misleading lawsuit advertising that is harming, and in some instances, killing patients.
Gaming the System: How Lawsuit Advertising Drives the Litigation Lifecycle examines the billion-dollar TV lawsuit advertising industry through five of the biggest mass tort litigations in recent history. The report shows how plaintiffs' lawyers and lawsuit aggregators spent $400 million to target ads at critical turning points across those five mass torts. But this isn't just a marketing campaign-it's an example of a highly problematic, frequently deceptive industry that can pose a risk for public health and mislead consumers and jurors. Read More
This paper documents the proliferation of alarmist, misleading ads soliciting the public to file lawsuits against prescription drug and medical device companies. The report explores how these ads exaggerate product risks, minimize benefits Read More
A partner at the Reed Smith law firm said in a Law360 analysis piece that the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) warning letters over misleading lawyer advertising "might be another step toward curtailing some of the problematic behavior" in litigation.... Read More
A recent spree of lawsuit advertising to recruit plaintiffs for Roundup weed-killer litigation is just the latest example of the trial lawyer "money machine" in action, according to reporting from National Public Radio's Marketplace Morning Report.
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California plaintiffs' lawyers came out in force last week to stop a bill that would make deceptive drug lawsuit advertising by lawyers a violation of the state's major consumer protection law. The bill was unanimously passed by the California Assembly in May, but a hearing scheduled before the state Senate Judiciary Committee for July 3 was abruptly cancelled after the politically-powerful group, Consumer Attorneys of California, voiced its opposition. ... Read More
Calif. Lawmaker Who Killed Trial Lawyer Advertising Bill Accepted $650K In Contributions From Lawyers; "Moving Toward Disclosure of Third-Party Funding in Litigation;" West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice Resigns... Read More
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The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by The Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable state liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses.