State Legal Reforms

Under the federal structure of the United States, both the federal government and the states have a role in addressing the problem of lawsuit abuse. Many states have taken the initiative to advance effective, commonsense legal reforms – measures that have brought widespread benefits to individuals, businesses, and communities.  Read More...

Legal reform has been an important state issue for several decades. In fact, California’s landmark medical malpractice law was passed in 1975 – over forty years ago.  

But as the nation’s lawsuit abuse problem has grown, more and more states have chosen to pass reforms. In recent years, significant reforms were enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others.

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  1. New ILR Research: U.S. Tort System Cost $429 Billion in 2016

    October 25, 2018 | News

    A new report found that the costs and compensation in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion in 2016, according to Law.com.... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Honors Advocates for Legal Reform

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) presented its 2018 Legal Reform Award to two distinguished individuals and one organization at its Summit XX: Law, Policy, Politics event.... Read More

  3. Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    The tort system cost Americans $429 billion in 2016. That's the principal finding from ILR's new research, which arrives at that shocking figure by examining data on liability insurance premiums and estimates of the liability exposure of businesses and individuals that are uninsured or self-insured. The research also indicates that only 57 percent of the $429 billion went to plaintiff compensation. The rest went to lawyers' fees and other expenses.... Read More

  4. Mission Drift at the American Law Institute

    August 28, 2018 | Blogs

    The American Law Institute (ALI) is drifting further away from its original mission of crafting clear Restatements of the Law for use by judges and legislators. ... Read More

  5. ILR Research Review - Spring 2018

    May 31, 2018 | Research

    The Spring 2018 ILR Research Review explores a wide range of long-standing and emerging issues in legislation, regulation, and litigation, including artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, state qui tam False Claims Acts, West Virginia legal reforms, and asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  6. 20 Years of ILR Accomplishments: The Lawsuit Climate Survey

    April 23, 2018 | News

    The fierce competition to be the home for Amazon's second world headquarters shows the lengths some states go to attract new businesses. States know there are jobs on the line which can boost a state's economy and increase the tax base to help pay for public services. What some states fail to realize, however, is the importance of a state's legal climate when companies think about expanding or relocating. ... Read More

  7. 2018 Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future

    April 18, 2018 | Video | Watch

  8. Faster, Smarter, Better: Creating a Business Court in Georgia

    February 28, 2018 | Blogs

    Georgia businesses will soon see signs of hope-at least, they will if HR 993 becomes law.... Read More

  9. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  10. Justice Advances in the Mountain State

    February 15, 2018 | Blogs

    West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. ... Read More