Federal

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 - August 14, 2018

    August 14, 2018 | News

    RICO Suit Accuses California Firm of Bribing Plaintiffs; Ontario Rejects "Jurisdictional Overreach" for Securities Lawsuits... Read More

  2. In the News Today - August 13, 2018

    August 13, 2018 | News

    Litigation Funders Rail Against NYC Bar's TPLF Warning; A Culture of "Lawyer-Powered Litigation": A Warning to Florida's Small Business Owners... Read More

  3. It's Getting Harder to File "Meritless" Merger Lawsuits, Advisor Says

    August 10, 2018 | News

    A communications advisor with an investor relations firm said in D&O Diary that it may be "getting more difficult" for plaintiffs' lawyers to file "questionable" merger lawsuits now that the effects of the Delaware Court of Chancery's Trulia decision are taking hold.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - August 9, 2018

    August 09, 2018 | News

    Lawsuit Reform is Key Ingredient for Arkansas' Future; Lawyer-Lender Fee Deals An Ethics Breach, NYC Bar Says ... Read More

  5. ILR President: Consumers Are the Losers in EU’s Collective Action Proposal

    August 09, 2018 | News

    In an op-ed for Politico EU, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa Rickard warns against instituting U.S.-style class action lawsuits in the European Union. ... Read More

  6. In the News Today - August 7, 2018

    August 07, 2018 | News

    "Why Bristol-Myers Applies To Absent Class Members"; Florida AG Candidate Says He Wants to "Sue and Go After People"... Read More

  7. West Virginia House Judiciary Committee Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against All Sitting State Supreme Court Justices

    August 07, 2018 | News

    Members of the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee introduced articles of impeachment against all four sitting state Supreme Court justices, the West Virginia Gazette Mail reports.... Read More

  8. Why is a Securities Class Action Lawsuit In Massachusetts Causing a Stir in the Arkansas Legislature?

    August 06, 2018 | Blogs

    Boston and Little Rock are more than 1,200 miles apart, but a $300 million settlement in a securities class action lawsuit has developments in the former causing concerns in the latter. ... Read More

  9. Attorney: Asbestos Litigation Reform Needed Even After Silver Sentencing

    August 06, 2018 | News

    Though the seven-year prison sentence of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should help discourage abuse in the asbestos litigation arena, a Chicago-based attorney told Legal Newsline that there are still "strong financial incentives to game the system" that must be addressed through reform.... Read More

  10. Ohio Rejects ALI Insurance Restatement

    August 03, 2018 | News

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a first-of-its-kind bill which says the "American Law Institute's approved Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance does not constitute the public policy of Ohio," Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.... Read More