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.


Enforcement Gone Amok: The Many Faces of Over-Enforcement in the United States

May 26, 2016 | This paper documents compelling examples of over-enforcement abuses, and offers details of the wide-ranging and interrelated ways government enforcement actions impact American businesses.

Insights & Inconsistencies: Lessons from the Garlock Trust Claims

February 19, 2016 | This report analyzes asbestos bankruptcy trust claims forms from the recent Garlock bankruptcy to address patterns of inconsistent and fraudulent claiming from one trust to another.

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In the News Today - February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row; SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row Read More »

N.Y. Lawsuit: "Ancient Grains" Snack Misleading, Also Contains Modern Grains

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

A New York plaintiff has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging the labeling of "Ancient Grain Twists" is misleading since the product also includes modern products, Law360 reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

Congress Urged to Adopt National Data Breach Standard; 7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal Read More »

"Lawsuit Abuse Threatens Manufacturing"

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

In a Pittsburgh Business Times op-ed, the president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association said the state's "trial lawyer-friendly environment allows frivolous litigation that costs all Pennsylvanians." Read More »

In the News Today - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawsuit Filed Over L.L. Bean's 1-Year Limit on Returns; West Va. House Moves to Limit Attorney General's Use of Settlement Funds Read More »

In the News Today - February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018 | News and Blog

Asbestos Documentary Spurs Fight to Unseal Deposition in Travis County Read More »

NYT: DOJ Memo Ushers in "Sweeping Limits" on Federal Enforcement Actions

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

ILR's Harold Kim said the Department of Justice's memo that limited the use of "guidance documents" could rein in "overzealous enforcement," reports the New York Times. Read More »

In the News Today - February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

"The Anthem Class-Action Con"; NY Judge Rejects 'Utterly Useless' Deal In Merger Lawsuit; The Sum of All Securities Litigation Filing Trends Read More »

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