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. NERA Predicts Nine Percent Increase in Total Securities Lawsuit Filings This Year

    April 23, 2019 | News

    A new report from the NERA Economic Consulting group on the securities class action filings from the year's first quarter predicts a nine percent increase in total filings for all of 2019.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - April 22, 2019

    April 22, 2019 | News

    "TCPA Questions Loom As 11th Circ. Considers 3 Cases... Read More

  3. New Video Offers Solutions For TCPA Reform

    April 18, 2019 | Blogs

    It's no secret that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation has run amok. So, what gives? It's clear that the law needs an update. A path forward is needed to keep up with technology. A new video from Faces of Lawsuit Abuse provides that path.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - April 18, 2019

    April 18, 2019 | News

    Accounting-Related Securities Lawsuits On The Rise... Read More

  5. Class Action Defense Costs Projected to Rise For Fifth Straight Year

    April 17, 2019 | News

    A report published this week by the Carlton Fields law firm found that class action defense costs for companies are projected to increase for the fifth consecutive year.... Read More

  6. Securities Lawsuits Are Increasing D&O Insurance Premiums

    April 16, 2019 | News

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the record number of securities class action lawsuit filings is increasing the cost of D&O insurance for foreign businesses in the U.S. market.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - April 16, 2019

    April 16, 2019 | News

    "The Need for Real MDL Rules Will Only Grow More Acute": ... Read More

  8. In the News Today - April 15, 2019

    April 15, 2019 | News

    Growing Number of Securities Lawsuits Boosting Prices For D&O Insurance; New Tennessee Law A "Win for Consumers And For Companies"... Read More

  9. Oral Arguments Begin in Key Securities Case Before SCOTUS

    April 15, 2019 | News

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a securities case that could determine the future of the private right of action in merger and acquisitions cases, Law360 reports.... Read More

  10. Tennessee Enacts Nation's First Law to Curb Deceptive Trial Lawyer Ads

    April 11, 2019 | Blogs

    Tennessee lived up to its ‘America at its Best' slogan this week by enacting the nation's first law to curb deceptive trial lawyer ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices. As anyone who watches TV or goes online likely knows, plaintiffs' lawyers aggressively market such ads to scare consumers-many times senior citizens-into filing lawsuits. Trial lawyers spent almost $1 billion on advertising in 2017, and seem to be keeping the pedal to the metal. ... Read More