In addition to investing in portfolios of private lawsuits, third party litigation funders have started financing qui tam False Claims Act cases brought on behalf of the U.S. government. The catch is that up until very recently, the government had no insight into whether funders were involved or the level of control they exerted. That changed in June 2020, when the Department of Justice announced a policy change to start shedding some light on this opaque practice. Read More
This edition of the ILR Research Review contains research examining the myriad liability challenges flowing from COVID-19 and describing potential administrative and legislative solutions, as well as papers dedicated to the ongoing crisis in securities litigation, the growth of and problems with the third party litigation funding industry, and insights into the strategy behind trial lawyer advertising. Read More
Our Winter 2019 Research Review looks at a number of legal trends that are creating increasingly complex litigation and compliance burdens for companies-leaving the door open for plaintiffs' lawyers to profit.... Read More
When it comes to data privacy, the only way to effectively protect consumers' personal information while providing certainty and clarity to businesses is to create a single, preemptive, federal data privacy standard. However, until and unless Congress can provide such a standard, state lawmakers are obliged to step in and create state-level protections. Recognizing this reality, ILR's research offers state legislators a guide to limit unintended consequences of state privacy and security laws by preventing unnecessary litigation.... Read More
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings are a key feature of our civil justice system, designed to offer an efficient path through pretrial proceedings in large groups of cases against the same defendant(s). Unfortunately, some judges are undermining the integrity of this mechanism by conducting MDL "bellwether trials" with the express intent of incentivizing parties to settle. Some MDL judges even force defendants to accept multi-plaintiff bellwether trials, which effectively stack the deck against them. ILR's research examines the impact of this problem, and proposes straightforward legislative fixes to address it. ... Read More
Third party litigation funding-the practice of hedge funds investing in litigation in exchange for a cut of the proceeds-has begun to take root in Europe. Unfortunately, an almost total lack of transparency and regulation means that even as its supporters promise greater "access to justice," TPLF threatens the integrity of European civil justice systems. This ILR research paper details the state of play for TPLF in Europe and around the world, and urges EU legislators to take up a number of specific reforms to protect consumers and businesses.... Read More
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... Read More
A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with an array of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote states' economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice.... Read More
This edition of the ILR Research Review covers four developments that represent a cross-section of the litigation challenges facing the American business community today, including: municipality lawsuits against energy producers; the unsuitability of private rights of action for protecting privacy; the enduring value of arbitration; and the urgent need to ensure fairness for defendants in multidistrict litigation proceedings.... Read More
The oil and gas industry is a fundamental driver of Louisiana's economy, but it is currently threatened by an unprecedented number and variety of coastal land loss litigation. This paper documents the history of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, the inconsistent pressures being exerted by landowners and the state, and the array of litigation against it. The paper also calls on state and local officials to collaborate with companies to restore the state's coastline, rather than engaging in costly litigation that detracts from true remediation and restoration efforts.... Read More
Private rights of action (PRAs) are highly problematic: the plaintiffs' bar benefits significantly from America's lawsuit system, while consumers are left with little. PRAs are especially poor tools for addressing privacy issues, which are better left to regulators with relevant expertise and perspective to shape and balance penalties, deterrence, innovation, and consumer protection.... Read More
Contrary to the assertions made by the opponents of arbitration, employees in disputes with their employer are more likely to win cases, get more compensation, and get it more quickly in arbitration than in litigation.
This study, performed by ndp | analytics, examined nearly 100,000 cases between 2014 and 2018, including over 90,000 federal lawsuits and 10,000 arbitrations.... 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.