The federal government and the states each play an important role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. While for the past several years most legal reform activity has occurred at the state level, with states enacting several effective, high-profile reforms, many important legal reforms have also been enacted and implemented at the federal level. With the changing political landscape, an increase in legal reform action at the federal level can be expected. 

Congress is currently considering a number of important legal reform proposals that would help restore balance to America's civil justice system. These include asbestos litigation reform, mandatory sanctions for filling frivolous litigation, protecting innocent parties from being unfairly or fradulently joines into a lawsuit, class action and multi-district litigation reforms, increased certainty where the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is concerned, and reform of over-broad laws that threaten individuals and business with criminal prosecution absent any criminal intent, among others.

In addition to these proactive legal reform efforts, there is a need to defend against efforts by the plaintiffs’ bar to expand liability in Congress, federal courts, and regulatory agencies.


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  1. Analysis of TPLF Funding in European Collective Redress

    October 15, 2019 | Research

    Third party litigation funding-the practice of hedge funds investing in litigation in exchange for a cut of the proceeds-has begun to take root in Europe. Unfortunately, an almost total lack of transparency and regulation means that even as its supporters promise greater "access to justice," TPLF threatens the integrity of European civil justice systems. This ILR research paper details the state of play for TPLF in Europe and around the world, and urges EU legislators to take up a number of specific reforms to protect consumers and businesses.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - October 10, 2019

    October 10, 2019 | News

    "No More Rule by Memorandum"... Read More

  3. "FTC Warning On Plaintiffs Bar Advertising Is Timely"

    October 10, 2019 | News

    A partner at the Reed Smith law firm said in a Law360 analysis piece that the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) warning letters over misleading lawyer advertising "might be another step toward curtailing some of the problematic behavior" in litigation.... Read More

  4. GCs Call For Rule Changes to MDLs

    October 09, 2019 | News

    A group of 45 general counsel and chief legal officers sent a letter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure highlighting concerns with multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings, Corporate Counsel reports.... Read More

  5. "Blackmail"-Style Securities Lawsuits Continue Unabated, Author Says

    October 08, 2019 | News

    Kevin LaCroix, author of the D&O Diary, said the "extraction of blackmail payment" by plaintiffs' lawyers via mootness fees in securities lawsuits "continues unabated."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - October 7, 2019

    October 07, 2019 | News

    AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises... Read More

  7. AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises

    October 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Recently, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a "study" on arbitration-just as the House of Representatives took up legislation. To no one's surprise, the AAJ argues that litigation is a better way to resolve disputes. But this "study" is nothing more than a misleading attempt to discredit arbitration that's based on three flagrantly false premises.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - October 3, 2019

    October 03, 2019 | News

    ILR Submits Comments to California Bar Regarding Proposed Rule Changes... Read More

  9. FTC Warnings Come As Lawyers Spend Millions on Drug Lawsuit Ads

    October 03, 2019 | News

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to several lawyers and lead generators over their potentially misleading television advertisements, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  10. ILR's Harold Kim: Senate Must "Preserve" Arbitration

    October 02, 2019 | News

    In a new op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim said the U.S. Senate should preserve arbitration to "spare Americans from trial lawyers' greed."... Read More