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New Video Series Shines a Spotlight On Louisiana's Out-of-Control Lawsuit System

June 16, 2020

We've known for a long time that Louisiana is home to one of the worst-rated lawsuit systems in the country. The state's historically low rankings in ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey reflect that. But now, Louisianans are telling this story in their own words.

  1. Appeals Court Reverses 'Negotiation Class' Created for Opioid MDL

    September 25, 2020 | News

    A federal appeals court rejected a novel "negotiation class" comprised of all cities and counties suing them over the nationwide opioid crisis settlement, according to a report in Law.com. ... Read More

  2. The West Coast Is The Center Of Attention For International Firms Eyeing U.S. Expansion

    September 23, 2020 | News

    The West Coast is becoming prime real estate for international law firms wanting to make their mark in the world's largest legal market, according to a report in Law.com.... Read More

  3. McDonald Faces Suit Over Vanilla Flavor In Ice Cream

    September 22, 2020 | News

    McDonald's is facing a proposed class action in California federal court over its soft serve according to a report in Law360. The suit filed by Scott Craig Borison of Borison Firm LLC and Spencer Sheehan of Sheehan & Associates PC is the latest in a series of false ad suits centering on vanilla-flavored ice cream products.... Read More

  4. ICYMI: Fla. Restaurant Owner Thomas Ward Calls on Congress To Pass Liability Protections

    September 21, 2020 | News

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for Thomas Ward, owner of Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa in Orlando, Florida, is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. In his op-ed that ran in the Orlando Sentinel, Ward outlines why Congress needs to pass COVID related liability protections for businesses like his.... Read More

  5. Michigan Legislature Working To Pass COVID-19 Related Liability Protections

    September 18, 2020 | News

    ... Read More

  6. Editorial: “Limit Lawsuits Linked to COVID”

    September 17, 2020 | News

    ... Read More

  7. Litigation in the Time of COVID: Zoom Says Class Action Lawyers Taking Advantage

    September 16, 2020 | News

    Plaintiffs' lawyers are hoping to punish Zoom for its new popularity, the company says as it defends itself in federal court against security claims. According to a report in Legal Newsline, several class actions were filed against the company as it gained customers during the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

  8. Ohio Governor Signs COVID Lawsuit Protection Law

    September 15, 2020 | News

    On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R), signed a bill into law that will temporarily protect businesses and people from COVID-related lawsuits, according to a report in WFMJ. The new law provides liability protections for individuals, schools, healthcare professionals and businesses.... Read More

  9. OPINION: Pass Liability Protections For Small Business

    September 15, 2020 | News

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for Thomas Ward, owner of Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa in Orlando, Florida, is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. In his op-ed that ran in the Orlando Sentinel, Ward outlines why Congress needs to pass COVID related liability protections for businesses like his.... Read More

  10. Relief, Liability Protection Bill Fails in Senate

    September 11, 2020 | News

    On Thursday, the Senate failed to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that would provide financial benefits for Americans and liability protections for businesses and health care facilities, according to a report in USA Today.... Read More

  11. Litigation Funders Join Together To Form Global Advocacy Group

    September 10, 2020 | News

    The twelve leading litigation finance firms have set up the International Legal Finance Association (ILFA) according to a report on Law.com.... Read More

  1. Appeals Court Reverses 'Negotiation Class' Created for Opioid MDL

    September 25, 2020 | News

    A federal appeals court rejected a novel "negotiation class" comprised of all cities and counties suing them over the nationwide opioid crisis settlement, according to a report in Law.com. ... Read More

  2. The West Coast Is The Center Of Attention For International Firms Eyeing U.S. Expansion

    September 23, 2020 | News

    The West Coast is becoming prime real estate for international law firms wanting to make their mark in the world's largest legal market, according to a report in Law.com.... Read More

  3. McDonald Faces Suit Over Vanilla Flavor In Ice Cream

    September 22, 2020 | News

    McDonald's is facing a proposed class action in California federal court over its soft serve according to a report in Law360. The suit filed by Scott Craig Borison of Borison Firm LLC and Spencer Sheehan of Sheehan & Associates PC is the latest in a series of false ad suits centering on vanilla-flavored ice cream products.... Read More

  4. ICYMI: Fla. Restaurant Owner Thomas Ward Calls on Congress To Pass Liability Protections

    September 21, 2020 | News

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for Thomas Ward, owner of Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa in Orlando, Florida, is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. In his op-ed that ran in the Orlando Sentinel, Ward outlines why Congress needs to pass COVID related liability protections for businesses like his.... Read More

  5. Michigan Legislature Working To Pass COVID-19 Related Liability Protections

    September 18, 2020 | News

    ... Read More

  6. Editorial: “Limit Lawsuits Linked to COVID”

    September 17, 2020 | News

    ... Read More

  7. Litigation in the Time of COVID: Zoom Says Class Action Lawyers Taking Advantage

    September 16, 2020 | News

    Plaintiffs' lawyers are hoping to punish Zoom for its new popularity, the company says as it defends itself in federal court against security claims. According to a report in Legal Newsline, several class actions were filed against the company as it gained customers during the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

  8. Ohio Governor Signs COVID Lawsuit Protection Law

    September 15, 2020 | News

    On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R), signed a bill into law that will temporarily protect businesses and people from COVID-related lawsuits, according to a report in WFMJ. The new law provides liability protections for individuals, schools, healthcare professionals and businesses.... Read More

  9. OPINION: Pass Liability Protections For Small Business

    September 15, 2020 | News

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for Thomas Ward, owner of Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa in Orlando, Florida, is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. In his op-ed that ran in the Orlando Sentinel, Ward outlines why Congress needs to pass COVID related liability protections for businesses like his.... Read More

  10. Relief, Liability Protection Bill Fails in Senate

    September 11, 2020 | News

    On Thursday, the Senate failed to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that would provide financial benefits for Americans and liability protections for businesses and health care facilities, according to a report in USA Today.... Read More

  11. Litigation Funders Join Together To Form Global Advocacy Group

    September 10, 2020 | News

    The twelve leading litigation finance firms have set up the International Legal Finance Association (ILFA) according to a report on Law.com.... Read More

  1. New Video Series Shines a Spotlight On Louisiana's Out-of-Control Lawsuit System

    June 16, 2020 | Blogs

    We've known for a long time that Louisiana is home to one of the worst-rated lawsuit systems in the country. The state's historically low rankings in ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey reflect that. But now, Louisianans are telling this story in their own words.... Read More

  2. From the President's Desk: International Litigation Trends Taking Center Stage Across the Globe

    June 05, 2020 | Blogs

    This week, I want to highlight some major international developments that could have an impact on the business community, notably in the United Kingdom and Australia. ... Read More

  3. Missouri Legislature Sends Important, Commonsense Bill To Governor's Desk

    May 12, 2020 | Blogs

    Litigation will undoubtedly play a major role in the uncertain economic times ahead. Thankfully, the Missouri legislature just passed a bill that will put the focus back on consumers by keeping unwarranted litigation out of their courtrooms.... Read More

  4. From the President's Desk: Americans Agree: Congress Should Protect Employers from COVID-19 Lawsuits

    May 08, 2020 | Blogs

    Business owners have taken the biggest economic punch of their lives these last few weeks. Now, as they are thinking about how to reopen, a major concern is lawsuits.... Read More

  5. From the President's Desk: Timely, Targeted, Temporary Liability Protections Are A Must

    May 01, 2020 | Blogs

    Just a few weeks ago, one of the biggest issues businesses across the country grappled with was a shortage of workers in the strongest employment market in history. Today, those concerns seem like a lifetime ago. Now businesses---from family farms and corner coffee shops to big box stores---grapple with a new reality: protecting their workers and customers amidst a global pandemic. ... Read More

  6. From the President's Desk: MDLs Are Not "Judicial Border" Countries

    April 17, 2020 | Blogs

    On Wednesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a milestone opinion enforcing the rule of law in an area where it's been sorely lacking: multidistrict litigation (MDL). In a sharp rebuke to a federal U.S. district court in Cleveland, which is overseeing the federal opioid MDL, the influential appellate court said the rule of law and the rights of individual defendants can't take a back seat to judicial efficiency.... Read More

  7. New Report Shows Trial Lawyers Bought $400 Million in Ads for Five Mass Torts

    April 15, 2020 | Blogs

    New Report Shows Trial Lawyers Bought $400 Million in Ads for Five Mass Torts... Read More

  8. Chamber Highlights Liability Issues In "Return to Work" Preparedness Letter

    April 14, 2020 | Blogs

    As we move through these uncertain times, policymakers must find a way to prepare for Americans to return to work. As a new letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says, those preparations must include a resolution of the significant liability issues and challenges facing our economy today.... Read More

  9. From the President's Desk: New ILR Briefly Paper Shows Securities Class Actions on the Rise

    April 03, 2020 | Blogs

    A new Institute for Legal Reform report highlights a disturbing trend: securities class actions are on the rise.... Read More

  10. New Paper Highlights Need for Changes in False Claims Act

    March 27, 2020 | Blogs

    What do access and affordability of health care, the False Claims Act, and Medicare Advantage plans have in common? Turns out, quite a lot.... Read More

  11. Missouri Legislation Won't Hurt Consumers. It Will Help Them.

    March 27, 2020 | Blogs

    To read Tony Messenger's March 16 column, Televangelist Jim Bakker tries to profit amid coronavirus pandemic. He won't be alone., is to gaze through the trial lawyer looking glass. ... Read More

  1. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Report Highlights Liability Protections Congress Should Pass Immediately

    May 07, 2020 | Press Release

    New Report is Part of Series Examining COVID Litigation Impact... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Poll Shows Clear Majority of Americans Support Protecting Employers from Coronavirus Lawsuits

    May 05, 2020 | Press Release

    Americans across the political spectrum believe that employers must have protections from COVID-related lawsuits as they make decisions about how to safely and sustainably reopen their businesses, according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. ... Read More

  3. Lawsuit Over Lip Balm Named The Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2019

    December 17, 2019 | Press Release

    Video Highlights U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Annual Top 10 List... Read More

  4. Harold H. Kim Appointed President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Lisa A. Rickard Transitions to New Role in the Chamber

    December 13, 2019 | Press Release

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that Harold H. Kim, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), will become president of the Chamber affiliate effective January 1, 2020. ... Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Georgia's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Ten Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    The Peach State Slips into the Bottom 10 Worst States; Hits All-Time Low... Read More

  11. Survey Ranks Florida's Lawsuit Climate Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Despite Low Ranking, Florida Is Showing Signs of Improvement... Read More

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