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. In the News Today - December 10, 2018

    December 10, 2018 | News

    "What Crashing Autonomous Cars Tell Us About the Future of Product Liability;" "Calif. Privacy Act Will Increase Data Breach Liability"... Read More

  2. Unlikely Allies: Trial Lawyers and Conservative Treasurers

    December 10, 2018 | News

    A Legal Newsline report in Forbes details the unusual alliance between class action trial lawyers and free market state treasurers.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - December 7, 2018

    December 07, 2018 | News

    President Trump to Nominate William Barr as Attorney General... Read More

  4. In the News Today - December 6, 2018

    December 06, 2018 | News

    California Appeals Court Says Class Actions Can't Be Brought Under State's Right to Repair Act... Read More

  5. In the News Today - December 5, 2018

    December 05, 2018 | News

    "American Law Institute: Elite Group of Legal Experts Exerts Growing Influence Over State Law"... Read More

  6. "Rise of Litigation Finance Companies Raises Legal and Ethical Concerns"

    December 05, 2018 | News

    An ABA Journal "In-Depth" story shows how litigation financing has grown into a "multi-billion-dollar global industry," and the "legal and ethical concerns" that come from it.... Read More

  7. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Commends Judicial Hellholes for Highlighting Nation's Worst Civil Justice Jurisdictions

    December 05, 2018 | Blogs

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR),made the following statement on the release of the American Tort Reform Association's (ATRA) Judicial Hellholes 2018/2019:... Read More

  8. In the News Today - December 4, 2018

    December 04, 2018 | News

    Lawsuits Cost New Yorkers More than Any Other State; "Justices Seem Likely to Reinforce U.S. Securities-Fraud Laws"... Read More

  9. Event-Driven Securities Lawsuits an "Important Part" of Filing Surge

    December 04, 2018 | News

    D&O Diary's Kevin LaCroix said "event-driven securities lawsuits," like the one filed against Marriott over its recent data breach, "represent an important part of the elevated levels of securities suit filings going back into 2016." ... Read More

  10. American Law Institute: Elite Group of Legal Experts Exerts Growing Influence Over State Law

    December 03, 2018 | Blogs

    This kind of thing isn't supposed to happen. A private group of legal experts has influenced a court to ignore a majority rule and change their application of state law. And it won't be the last time.... Read More