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. Australian Defense Lawyer Disappointed in Class Action Report

    June 22, 2018 | News

    A class action defense lawyer in Australia said the Victorian Law Reform Commission's recommendation report on class action litigation regulation was "very disappointing," the Australian Financial Review reports.... Read More

  2. Law Professor: "Lawsuit Lenders are Like Sharks to Shipwrecks"

    June 21, 2018 | News

    A law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law said "lawsuit lenders are like sharks to shipwrecks" who "capitaliz[e] on tragedy" in a response to a defense of the industry in Crain's New York Business.... Read More

  3. Judge's Probe into Overbilling May Uncover Broad Corruption Scheme

    June 20, 2018 | News

    A Boston judge's probe into potential overbilling in the $300 million securities lawsuit against State Street Corp. has led to questions about potential public corruption involving plaintiffs' lawyers and an Arkansas pension fund, National Law Journal reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - June 18, 2018

    June 18, 2018 | News

    Associate Attorney General Cites Importance of Corporate Compliance Culture; Australian Attorney General Backs Licensing as "Sensible Approach" to Regulation of Third Party Litigation Funding... Read More

  5. Judge Says Plaintiffs' Lawyers "Overreached" in $37.8 Million Fee Request

    June 15, 2018 | News

    A U.S. District judge said the 26 plaintiffs' firms in the Anthem data breach class action "overreached" by asking for nearly $38 million in fees, Law360 reports.... Read More

  6. Justice Dept. Can Spur Investment in Compliance by Giving Companies Credit

    June 15, 2018 | Blogs

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed a welcome focus lately on enlisting businesses as partners instead of adversaries in the fight against corporate wrongdoing. One way to strengthen this partnership is to offer concrete incentives for companies to make an up-front investment in ethics and compliance programs designed to detect and prevent violations in the first place.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - June 14, 2018

    June 14, 2018 | News

    Judicial Ethics Expert Says Embattled West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Should Resign... Read More

  8. In the News Today - June 13, 2018

    June 13, 2018 | News

    Unbeaten At Trial, Bayer and Janssen Say Cycle Of Xarelto Lawsuits 'Needs To Be Stopped'; Florida Contractor Arrested for Involvement in $140K Assignment of Benefits Scheme... Read More

  9. Personal Injury Attorney Says "Lawyers Will be Lawyers" in Potential Litigation Against Transportation Startups

    June 13, 2018 | News

    A California lawyer seemed to suggest that lawyers will soon target new transportation startups that allow consumers to pick up and ride scooters in big cities, Bloomberg reports.... Read More

  10. Bristol-Myers Squibb Battlegrounds: Personal Jurisdiction, A Year Later

    June 12, 2018 | Video | Watch