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 occured 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.

Research

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.

All Results for Federal

A Handful of Plaintiffs' Lawyers Dominate MDL Litigation

April 28, 2017 | News and Blog

A recent story from Reuters writes that consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) "comprised 36 percent of the entire civil caseload of the federal court system in 2014, up from 16 percent in 2002." Read More »

In the News Today - April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday marks the start of the first bellwether trial over blood thinner Xarelto in New Orleans. Xarelto has "become the poster child for critics of unbridled plaintiffs' attorney advertising" because these ads invite meritless cases and the dire warnings put patients at risk by convincing them to stop taking their medications. Read More »

In the News Today - April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida legislature's effort to impose term limits on the state's supreme court and appellate court judges is a terrible idea that will downgrade and weaken Florida's judiciary. No other state has such draconian limitations on judicial terms, and for good reason. Simply put, term limits would push experience, independence, and institutional knowledge out of Florida's courtrooms. Read More »

In the News Today - April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Trevor McFadden, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Criminal Division, said that prosecutors are "committed to wrapping up old Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases and investigating new ones more quickly." Read More »

Securities Class Action Settlements "Substantially Higher" in 2016 Than Previous Years

April 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Harvard Law School's Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation found that "the number of [securities class action] settlements approved in 2016 increased by 85, which is substantially higher than the levels in previous years." Read More »

In the News Today - April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 | News and Blog

This week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill (S.B. 1406) to curb lawsuit abuse under the Arizonans with Disabilities Act (AZDA). S.B. 1406 would ensure that genuine AZDA claims are addressed without exposing Arizona's small business owners to abusive litigation that impedes economic growth and job creation. ILR sent a letter to Gov. Ducey urging him to sign S.B. 1406 into law. Read More »

Engineered Liability: The Plaintiffs' Bar's Campaign to Expand Data Privacy and Security Litigation

Author: Divonne Smoyer and Kimberly Chow, Reed Smith LLP | April 19, 2017 | Research

As data breaches are becoming more commonplace, the plaintiffs' bar is engineer a staggering expansion of liability in the areas of privacy and data security. Class action lawyers are pursuing data privacy cases and amassing fortunes even where no one has been harmed. This paper examines the data privacy and security legal landscape, plaintiffs' bar tactics, major cases and settlements, and a suggested framework for reform. Read More »

Largest FCPA Case in History Ends with $2.6 Billion Fine

April 18, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie ordered Odebrecht, a Brazilian engineering company, to pay $2.6 billion to the governments of Brazil, the U.S., and Switzerland for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Read More »

In the News Today - April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 | News and Blog

The question hanging over the CFPB's arbitration rule is "less about the finer points of the final rule than about whether the regulations will ever see the light of day." Read More »

Number of DOJ Declinations Sees "Notable Uptick" Following FCPA Pilot Program

April 11, 2017 | News and Blog

James Tillen and Marc Bohn from law firm Miller & Chevalier found that the Department of Justice's (DOJ) one-year enforcement "pilot program" aimed at promoting greater accountability for those who violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been accompanied by "a notable uptick in declinations by the department." Read More »

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