Iowa

Iowa is ranked #23 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling 10 spots since 2017. Iowa fell or saw no improvement in every category, falling the most in the key element categories of Having and Enforcing Meaningful Venue Requirements and Juries’ Fairness.

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  1. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  2. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Press Video

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  3. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    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

  4. 101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - Sixth Edition 2019

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    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

  5. "Who's Behind the Curtain?": Rise of Third Party Litigation Funding

    June 04, 2018 | News

    In a Des Moines Register op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said it is "vital that Congress recognizes the need for oversight of" third party litigation funding, "which undermines fairness and ethical practice in our courts."... Read More

  6. Report: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Running Short of Money to Pay Future Claimants, System Lacks Safeguards

    March 08, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights that asbestos bankruptcy trusts are being depleted, jeopardizing their ability to fully compensate future claimants.... Read More

  7. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  8. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - February 7, 2018

    February 07, 2018 | News

    Lawsuit Says Apple Juice Label is Deceiving; Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Says Court Funding Cuts Could Hamper Business Environment... Read More

  10. In the News Today - April 13, 2017

    April 13, 2017 | News and Blog

    The Iowa House approved legislation Wednesday that would cap financial awards in most medical malpractice lawsuits at $250,000. Additionally, the legislation, which passed 65-32, would create standards for expert witnesses testifying in medical malpractice cases.... Read More