Wisconsin: Capital of Common Sense

Author: Lisa Rickard | May 14, 2014 | News and Blog

During the current decade, Governor Walker and lawmakers have mindfully enacted bold legal reforms in Wisconsin-a major reason Walker feels confident in his push to create more jobs and job security in his state. Read More »

Wisconsin Governor Signs Asbestos Transparency Law

April 01, 2014 | News and Blog

Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed AB 19 into law. The new law requires greater transparency from tort plaintiffs who may also pursue claims with asbestos personal injury settlement trusts. Read More »

In the News Today - March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 | News and Blog

On Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that would require greater disclosure from plaintiffs in asbestos lawsuits. Read More »

In the News Today - March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 | News and Blog

The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would require plaintiffs to disclose additional information regarding their asbestos litigation. Read More »

Gov. Walker Signs Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law

December 16, 2013 | News and Blog

On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act, which promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the state hires outside private plaintiffs' lawyers. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law in Wisconsin

December 13, 2013 | Press Release

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard issued the following statement today applauding Governor Scott Walker for signing into law the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act (AB 27). Read More »

In the News Today - December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013 | News and Blog

An op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a pending bill will protect Wisconsin businesses from out-of-state trial lawyers taking advantage of a loophole to file asbestos lawsuits against solvent companies while 'double-dipping' into a trust system set up to compensate legitimate victims. Read More »

Wisconsin Civil Justice Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Receive ILR's Outstanding Organization Award

October 23, 2013 | Press Release

The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council (WCJC) and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) received the Outstanding Organization Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Passage of Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law in Wisconsin

October 08, 2013 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today applauding the Wisconsin Senate for passing legislation promoting transparency and limiting contingency fees.. Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »