Gaming the System: ILR's Newest Research

April 13, 2020

ILR’s newest research paper, “Gaming the System,” examines five of the biggest mass tort lawsuits in recent history, documenting how plaintiffs’ lawyers and lawsuit generators spent over $400 million to amass clients, pressure settlements, and perhaps even influence juries.

The research shows that bombastic language and overdramatic visuals can mask the fact that these ads are often part of highly sophisticated campaigns that systematically target key moments in the litigation lifecycle to maximize profits for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

The research concludes with a call to action for legislators, regulators, and courts, all of which have a role to play in ensuring that these ads do not mislead the public, harm public health, or jeopardize the right to a fair trial.