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New Video Offers Solutions For TCPA Reform

April 18, 2019

It's no secret that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation has run amok. So, what gives? It's clear that the law needs an update. A path forward is needed to keep up with technology. A new video from Faces of Lawsuit Abuse provides that path.

  1. New Video Offers Solutions For TCPA Reform

    April 18, 2019 | Blogs

    It's no secret that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation has run amok. So, what gives? It's clear that the law needs an update. A path forward is needed to keep up with technology. A new video from Faces of Lawsuit Abuse provides that path.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - April 18, 2019

    April 18, 2019 | News

    Accounting-Related Securities Lawsuits On The Rise... Read More

  3. Assignment of Benefits Reform Moves To Florida Senate Floor

    April 18, 2019 | News

    An assignment of benefits reform bill will head to the Florida Senate floor after the body's rules committee passed it on an 11-6 vote yesterday, Florida Politics reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - April 17, 2019

    April 17, 2019 | News

    Florida Senate Takes Up Assignment of Benefits Reform... Read More

  5. Class Action Defense Costs Projected to Rise For Fifth Straight Year

    April 17, 2019 | News

    A report published this week by the Carlton Fields law firm found that class action defense costs for companies are projected to increase for the fifth consecutive year.... Read More

  6. Securities Lawsuits Are Increasing D&O Insurance Premiums

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the record number of securities class action lawsuit filings is increasing the cost of D&O insurance for foreign businesses in the U.S. market.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - April 16, 2019

    April 16, 2019 | News

    "The Need for Real MDL Rules Will Only Grow More Acute": ... Read More

  8. UK Appeals Court Revives Record-Breaking Class Action

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to Law360, the U.K. Court of Appeal has revived a proposed £14 billion ($18.3 billion) class action against Mastercard that was previously dismissed in 2017.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - April 15, 2019

    April 15, 2019 | News

    Growing Number of Securities Lawsuits Boosting Prices For D&O Insurance; New Tennessee Law A "Win for Consumers And For Companies"... Read More

  10. Oral Arguments Begin in Key Securities Case Before SCOTUS

    April 15, 2019 | News

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a securities case that could determine the future of the private right of action in merger and acquisitions cases, Law360 reports.... Read More

  11. In The News Today - April 12, 2019

    April 12, 2019 | News

    Texas Senate Advances Bill To Curb Deceptive Trial Lawyer Ads... Read More

  1. In the News Today - April 18, 2019

    April 18, 2019 | News

    Accounting-Related Securities Lawsuits On The Rise... Read More

  2. Assignment of Benefits Reform Moves To Florida Senate Floor

    April 18, 2019 | News

    An assignment of benefits reform bill will head to the Florida Senate floor after the body's rules committee passed it on an 11-6 vote yesterday, Florida Politics reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - April 17, 2019

    April 17, 2019 | News

    Florida Senate Takes Up Assignment of Benefits Reform... Read More

  4. Class Action Defense Costs Projected to Rise For Fifth Straight Year

    April 17, 2019 | News

    A report published this week by the Carlton Fields law firm found that class action defense costs for companies are projected to increase for the fifth consecutive year.... Read More

  5. Securities Lawsuits Are Increasing D&O Insurance Premiums

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the record number of securities class action lawsuit filings is increasing the cost of D&O insurance for foreign businesses in the U.S. market.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - April 16, 2019

    April 16, 2019 | News

    "The Need for Real MDL Rules Will Only Grow More Acute": ... Read More

  7. UK Appeals Court Revives Record-Breaking Class Action

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to Law360, the U.K. Court of Appeal has revived a proposed £14 billion ($18.3 billion) class action against Mastercard that was previously dismissed in 2017.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - April 15, 2019

    April 15, 2019 | News

    Growing Number of Securities Lawsuits Boosting Prices For D&O Insurance; New Tennessee Law A "Win for Consumers And For Companies"... Read More

  9. Oral Arguments Begin in Key Securities Case Before SCOTUS

    April 15, 2019 | News

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a securities case that could determine the future of the private right of action in merger and acquisitions cases, Law360 reports.... Read More

  10. In The News Today - April 12, 2019

    April 12, 2019 | News

    Texas Senate Advances Bill To Curb Deceptive Trial Lawyer Ads... Read More

  11. Florida House of Representatives Passes AOB Reform

    April 12, 2019 | News

    On a 96-20 vote, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to curb the assignment of benefits abuse that has been blamed for the state's rising home insurance rates, Insurance Journal reports.... Read More

  1. New Video Offers Solutions For TCPA Reform

    April 18, 2019 | Blogs

    It's no secret that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation has run amok. So, what gives? It's clear that the law needs an update. A path forward is needed to keep up with technology. A new video from Faces of Lawsuit Abuse provides that path.... Read More

  2. FL House Acts to Curb Abusive Lawsuits that Drive Up Insurance Rates

    April 11, 2019 | Blogs

    Floridians have paid $1.6 billion more for insurance over the past decade than consumers in other states, thanks to the state's unique law called Assignment of Benefits, or AOB. But after a decade of trying, that may be about the change.... Read More

  3. Tennessee Enacts Nation's First Law to Curb Deceptive Trial Lawyer Ads

    April 11, 2019 | Blogs

    Tennessee lived up to its ‘America at its Best' slogan this week by enacting the nation's first law to curb deceptive trial lawyer ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices. As anyone who watches TV or goes online likely knows, plaintiffs' lawyers aggressively market such ads to scare consumers-many times senior citizens-into filing lawsuits. Trial lawyers spent almost $1 billion on advertising in 2017, and seem to be keeping the pedal to the metal. ... Read More

  4. Now We Know Why Litigation Funders Make It "Harder and More Expensive to Settle Cases"

    April 03, 2019 | Blogs

    Third party litigation funders can keep their presence hidden without the judge, jury, or defendant knowing that they're bankrolling the case. But every once in a while, we get some sunlight. Last year, an executive with one of the world's largest litigation funders, IMF Bentham, admitted to The Wall Street Journal that they "make it harder and more expensive to settle cases." Now, we may know why. ... Read More

  5. 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

  6. 30 Groups from Across the Business Spectrum Sign Letter Calling for Litigation Funding Transparency

    March 28, 2019 | Blogs

    Yesterday, a coalition of 30 business and legal organizations, led by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), wrote a letter the Advisory Committee-which writes rules for federal courts-countering funders' arguments against transparency. ... Read More

  7. Litigation Funders: "Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!"

    March 26, 2019 | Blogs

    In The Wizard of Oz, the "wizard" famously exclaims, "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" when Dorothy's dog Toto pulls back a curtain exposing him as a normal man and not a mystical being. While the self-serving quote may originate somewhere over the rainbow, it's akin to the real world-logic of today's litigation funding industry. ... Read More

  8. Tennessee Bill Reining in Misleading Trial Lawyer Ads Heads to Governor

    March 26, 2019 | Blogs

    Last week, the Tennessee House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HB 352 in a bipartisan vote and yesterday the Senate concurred, on a first of its kind bill that would ban deceptive drug and medical device ads that plaintiffs' lawyers use to recruit clients. Gov. Bill Lee now has the chance to sign it into law. ... Read More

  9. Stop Fraud, PROTECT Asbestos Victims

    March 14, 2019 | Blogs

    Fraud and abuse have become entrenched in the nation's asbestos bankruptcy trust system. Lawmakers must act to fix it.... Read More

  10. Department of Justice Changes Its Ephemeral Messaging Policy

    March 13, 2019 | Blogs

    Ephemeral messaging has completely changed how companies communicate around the world. These apps are faster, easier and can be more secure than email. But since 2017, companies have had to wonder what's up with using WhatsApp (and other similar platforms) while cooperating with Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. ... Read More

  11. Securities Class Actions Are on The Rise; Here's How to Contain Them

    March 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Securities class action filings skyrocketed in 2018 to 420 cases-doubling the average of the prior 20 years. A new report from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows how the trial bar fuels this trend, recruiting "professional plaintiffs" to bring cases, earning excessive fees, and submitting repeat "frequent filer" claims that are commonly dismissed, imposing huge costs on companies. ... Read More

  1. New U.S. Chamber Studies Examine Surge in Lawsuits by Cities and Counties

    March 07, 2019 | Press Release

    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released a pair of studies examining the surge in lawsuits by cities and counties enlisted by trial lawyers to sue over alleged misconduct by businesses.... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber: Trial Lawyers and Their Allies Seek to Pass Forced Litigation Bills

    February 28, 2019 | Press Release

    New Bills Would Increase Lawsuits That Primarily Benefit Lawyers ... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber Report: Securities Class Action System in Crisis with Record Lawsuits, Professional Plaintiffs

    February 26, 2019 | Press Release

    Reforms needed from Congress, SEC, Courts... Read More

  4. Lawsuit Over Coffee Warning Labels Named Most Ridiculous of 2018

    December 18, 2018 | Press Release

    A lawsuit targeting California coffee houses for not including warning labels on their products tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018. ... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Comments on New York Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) made the following statement about the lawsuit filed today by New York State against ExxonMobil using the Martin Act:... Read More

  6. Study: U.S. Tort System Costs $429 Billion

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion-or 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)-in 2016.... Read More

  7. U.S. Chamber Honors Advocates for Legal Reform

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) presented its 2018 Legal Reform Award to two distinguished individuals and one organization at its Summit XX: Law, Policy, Politics event.... Read More

  8. U.S. Chamber Welcomes DOJ Action to Prevent Asbestos Fraud

    September 13, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statement of interest in asbestos bankruptcy trust creation:... Read More

  9. Survey: Only 13 Percent of Consumers Support European Commission's Current Collective Action Lawsuit Proposal

    July 11, 2018 | Press Release

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  10. Report: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Can Help Businesses Defend Against Lawsuit 'Forum Shopping'

    June 04, 2018 | Press Release

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  11. Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not "Regulate" New Technologies

    April 18, 2018 | Press Release

    SEATTLE, WA - During an event today the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) will release a new survey finding that, contrary to the claims of many plaintiffs' lawyers, nearly 82 percent of consumers believe that filing lawsuits is not the best way to regulate emerging technologies, such as cars that operate without a human driver. ... Read More

  1. 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

  2. Mitigating Municipality Litigation: Scope and Solutions

    March 06, 2019 | Research

    Municipalities are testing the boundaries of their litigation authority, claiming damages for wide-ranging matters of public policy including opioid abuse, climate change, and data privacy breaches. This paper is the first to document how and why municipalities and contingency fee lawyers are undermining legislators and state AGs with these lawsuits, the problems this trend is causing, and what states can do about it. ... Read More

  3. Waking the Litigation Monster: The Misuse of Public Nuisance

    March 06, 2019 | Research

    Local governments are increasingly teaming up with contingency fee lawyers to influence public policy issues through litigation, largely through attempts to expand the public nuisance doctrine. ILR's research outlines the origins and development of public nuisance litigation, shows the ongoing efforts of activists and attorneys to morph this theory into an all-purpose cause of action, and calls on courts to reject expanding judicial authority inappropriately into the legislative and executive branches. ... Read More

  4. Containing the Contagion: Proposals to Reform the Broken Securities Class Action System

    February 25, 2019 | Research

    Record-high numbers of securities class action filings are swamping the protections that Congress created in 1995. In fact, the likelihood that a public company will be sued has never been greater, and the bulk of these lawsuits show the classic signs of litigation abuse. However, solutions are at hand. This research proposes regulatory and legislative action to contain the securities litigation contagion.... Read More

  5. Risk and Reward: The Securities Fraud Class Action Lottery

    February 25, 2019 | Research

    Securities fraud class action lawyers are playing the "litigation lottery," filing often meritless cases against big companies on the off-chance of a big settlement. This research looks at all securities fraud class actions filed between 2005 and 2016 to reveal the true incentives that motivate plaintiffs' lawyers to roll the dice on these lawsuits, despite their high dismissal rate.... Read More

  6. ILR Research Review - Fall 2018

    November 20, 2018 | Research

    ILR's Fall 2018 research cycle was about two things: spotting new, destructive legal trends before they become unstoppable, and highlighting concrete progress in addressing long-standing litigation challenges. The 2018 Fall Research Review reveals the exploding costs of the U.S. tort system, and examines developments in securities litigation, forum shopping, False Claims Act policy reform, and the European Commission's project to implement class actions.... Read More

  7. Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    The tort system cost Americans $429 billion in 2016. That's the principal finding from ILR's new research, which arrives at that shocking figure by examining data on liability insurance premiums and estimates of the liability exposure of businesses and individuals that are uninsured or self-insured. The research also indicates that only 57 percent of the $429 billion went to plaintiff compensation. The rest went to lawyers' fees and other expenses.... Read More

  8. A Rising Threat: The New Class Action Racket That Harms Investors and the Economy

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    Abusive securities class action lawsuits are imposing huge costs on investors without providing any benefit, and the only winners are the lawyers, who take home millions of dollars in fees. This research documents how the plaintiffs' bar has adapted to the litigation reforms of the ‘90s to launch a new wave of securities class actions-one that is already reaching record heights.... Read More

  9. A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018 | Research

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States.... Read More

  10. 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

  11. BMS Battlegrounds: Practical Advice for Litigating Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers

    June 04, 2018 | Research

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court was a clear statement that the days of blatant, unchecked plaintiff forum shopping in search of outsized verdicts are at an end. ILR's research explores this paradigm shift and provides practical advice for defendants litigating BMS in the trenches.... Read More