In The News Today - August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014 | News and Blog

A divided Alabama Supreme Court has ruled in Wyeth Inc. v. Weeks that brand-name drug makers may be held liable for injuries allegedly caused by generic products that they did not manufacture. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Denounces Alabama Supreme Court Prescription Drug Ruling

August 18, 2014 | Press Release

Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the Alabama Supreme Court's Friday ruling holding drug makers liable for products that they did not manufacture allegedly causing injuries. Read More »

In the News Today - February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 | News and Blog

Third-party litigation financing can lead to conflicts of interests and prolong litigation, Gerald Skoning warns in the Wall Street Journal. Read More »

In the News

September 25, 2013 | News and Blog

A week after six lawyers left a Plaintiffs Steering Committee, a lawyer has voluntarily dropped a bellweather transvaginal mesh case against CR Bard Inc. Read More »

In the News

September 24, 2013 | News and Blog

On Monday, BP asked a court to halt payments from the gulf oil spill settlement fund until the administrator implements recommendations to improve efficiency and accounting controls. Read More »

Journal Blasts

September 09, 2013 | News and Blog

The Alabama Supreme Court is revisiting its "innovator liability" decision that holds companies liable for products they didn't manufacture. Read More »

Alabama Court Revisits 'Innovator Liability'

September 03, 2013 | News and Blog

The Alabama Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal that could have huge implications for drug makers. 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 »

ILR Exposes Alabama Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Alabama's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Alabama Association of Trial Lawyers, now calling itself the Alabama Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »