Is West Virginia A "Heaven For Plaintiffs' Attorneys"?

December 04, 2014 | News and Blog

So asks the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board following an ABC News report about the alleged relationship between West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and a Mississippi plaintiffs' attorney. Read More »

In The News Today - May 7, 2014

May 07, 2014 | News and Blog

Steven I. Zeisel, Executive Vice President and general counsel at the Consumer Bankers Association, takes issue with a recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report on consumer arbitration, writing that, "for nearly 90 years, arbitration has been a valuable means for consumers to quickly and easily resolve disputes in an efficient and affordable manner." Read More »

Frequent Filers: The Problems of Shareholder Lawsuits and the Path to Reform

Author: Stephen J. Choi, New York University School of Law; Jessica Erickson, University of Richmond School of Law; & Adam C. Pritchard, University of Michigan School of Law | February 27, 2014 | Research

This paper analyzes certain state pension funds in securities class actions and examines the correlation between the hiring of outside plaintiffs' lawyers and campaign contributions to the political officials in charge of the pension funds. Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on International Claims & Class Actions

January 15, 2014 | News and Blog

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed in California court against German automaker Daimler AG for alleged human rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s, unanimously ruling that American courts lack jurisdiction over the case. Read More »

In the News Today - December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 | News and Blog

The Associated Press quoted ILR president Lisa Rickard on a California decision ordering three paint companies to pay $1.1 billion. "This ruling opens the flood gates for a surge of frivolous lawsuits and sets a dangerous precedent for other activist courts across the country to follow," she cautions. Read More »

In the News Today - December 4, 2013

December 04, 2013 | News and Blog

An appeals court has overturned a National Labor Relations Board decision that prevented employers from including arbitration agreements in employee contracts. Read More »

In the News Today - November 6, 2013

November 06, 2013 | News and Blog

Citing the precedent set by the Supreme Court's decision in American Express v. Italian Colors, the Sixth Circuit ruled that a plaintiff cannot bring a class arbitration against LexisNexis. Read More »

In the News Today - October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013 | News and Blog

The legal tab for U.S. banks is expected to rise to $107 billion or more in the coming years. Read More »

2012 Legal Reform Awards Presented at the 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 24, 2012 | Video

At the 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 24, 2012, the Annual Legal Reform Awards were presented to The Honorable Myron T. Steele, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware (Judicial Achievement Award): Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (State Legislative Achievement Award); The Honorable Briggs Hopson, Mississippi Senate (State Legislative Achievement Award); Speaker Philip Gunn, Mississippi House of Representatives (State Legislative Achievement Award); The Honorable Mark Baker, Mississippi House of Representatives (State Legislative Achievement Award); The Latino Coalition (Outstanding Alliance Award); American Tort Reform Association (Research and Policy Award); Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (Outstanding Organization Award). Watch »

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 »