In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | News and Blog

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

Media, State Legal Reform Groups, Continue to Highlight ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings

September 28, 2015 | News and Blog

The release of ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings continues to generate wide media coverage. Here is a collection of some new coverage the rankings garnered over the weekend. Read More »

In the News Today - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 | News and Blog

The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman) Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Continues to Gain Wide Media Coverage

September 14, 2015 | News and Blog

"Illinois is a litigation haven that beckons to trial lawyers across the nation, and it's hurting your state's reputation," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, as quoted in a syndicated Illinois News Network story that ran in publications throughout Illinois over the weekend. Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

Oklahoma Unclaimed Property Bills Seek Balance

March 06, 2015 | News and Blog

We've written often about states hiring aggressive auditors on a contingency fee basis to dredge up purportedly unclaimed property, and released a 2014 paper recommending best practices for state administrators in hiring such firms. Unfortunately, the profit motive of these firms often creates a built-in incentive to aggressively interpret and exceed the boundaries of unclaimed property laws. Read More »

In the News Today - October 25, 2013

October 25, 2013 | News and Blog

An Oklahoma jury ordered Toyota to pay $3 million in compensatory damages for electronic defects that caused a vehicle to accelerate out of control into a wall, the first time a jury has determined that faulty electronics caused a crash. Read More »

Oklahoma Legislature Begins Tort Reform Special Session

September 04, 2013 | News and Blog

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Legislature returned to the capitol to begin a special session to re-enact a series of tort reforms that were dismissed by the state Supreme Court because they were packaged into one bill, which is not allowed under state law. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Denounces Oklahoma Supreme Court Ruling Voiding State's Landmark Legal Reform Law

June 06, 2013 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement denouncing the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling this week striking down the state's landmark 2009 legal reform law. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Gov. Fallin for Signing Law Aimed to Curb Litigation Abuses

May 07, 2013 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today applauding Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law Senate Bill 404 Read More »