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Iowa Joins Nine States, Federal Government in Combating Asbestos Fraud

March 24, 2017 | Yesterday, Iowa joined nine other states and the federal government in combatting plaintiffs' lawyers' systematic abuse of the $30 billion asbestos trust system.

A European Crossroads for Collective Actions

March 24, 2017 | A new study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has found that collective actions-a legal mechanism that pools claimants to litigate for injunctive relief and/or compensation-is a growing business in Europe. ILR's study, which analyzes collective redress developments in ten EU Member States, shows that claimants are using a surprising number of recently introduced collective redress systems, with the value and volume of claims being filed on the rise.

Iowa Joins Nine States, Federal Government in Combating Asbestos Fraud

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, Iowa joined nine other states and the federal government in combatting plaintiffs' lawyers' systematic abuse of the $30 billion asbestos trust system. Read More »

A European Crossroads for Collective Actions

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

A new study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has found that collective actions-a legal mechanism that pools claimants to litigate for injunctive relief and/or compensation-is a growing business in Europe. ILR's study, which analyzes collective redress developments in ten EU Member States, shows that claimants are using a surprising number of recently introduced collective redress systems, with the value and volume of claims being filed on the rise. Read More »

Tort Reform Battle Heats Up In Missouri

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

As tort reform bills moves forward in the Missouri legislature, those supportive of the legislation, including ILR, "have not been shy" about highlighting the urgent need for legal reform in the state, according to the Missouri Times. Read More »

In the News Today - March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

In an opinion piece, Thurbert Baker and Tom Stebbins write that "New York desperately needs to pass legislation to apply existing consumer protection laws" to lawsuit lenders. Last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a complaint against a lawsuit cash advance firm for allegedly engaging in predatory lending practices. Read More »

Data Breaches Soar to Record Levels in New York

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

New York businesses disclosed nearly 1,300 incidents of data security breaches in 2016 that compromised 1.6 million residents, writes Law360. Read More »

In the News Today - March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

California "overly litigious culture" is one of the factors causing businesses to "relocate to state where they are welcomed," writes Kerry Jackson from the Pacific Research Institute. Jackson sites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, noting that California was ranked 47th worst overall lawsuit environment in the country. Read More »

Analysis of Class Action Litigation in Europe Shows Troubling Trends; Prospect of Abusive Litigation is Rising

March 22, 2017 | News and Blog

A new ILR report, The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU, surveyed the ‘state of play' in 10 EU Member States and found that collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe without necessary safeguards. Read More »

In the News Today - March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Last month, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Dan Sullivan introduced two bills that would restructure the Ninth Circuit, which covers nine states and two territories, making it the largest of the nation's 12 courts of appeals. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Class Action Litigation Systems in Europe Are Open to Abuse

March 21, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe, but the systems are developing without safeguards to protect consumers and employers. Read More »

State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Attorney General of Utah, Sean Reyes, has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts in an effort to get them to comply with civil investigative demands that more than a dozen states have sent to the trusts. These demands seek information on whether the trusts are squandering money and failing to reimburse states for Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. Read More »

In the News Today - March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Martin Kenney and Garrett Kelleher after both failed to appear to determine their liability to insurer Cigna. In 2016, Judge Diamond ruled that Kenney and Kelleher had "repeatedly thumbed their noses at the courts of the United States" and were liable to Cigna for "orchestrating" continued action against the company. Read More »

Iowa Joins Nine States, Federal Government in Combating Asbestos Fraud

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, Iowa joined nine other states and the federal government in combatting plaintiffs' lawyers' systematic abuse of the $30 billion asbestos trust system. Read More »

A European Crossroads for Collective Actions

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

A new study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has found that collective actions-a legal mechanism that pools claimants to litigate for injunctive relief and/or compensation-is a growing business in Europe. ILR's study, which analyzes collective redress developments in ten EU Member States, shows that claimants are using a surprising number of recently introduced collective redress systems, with the value and volume of claims being filed on the rise. Read More »

Tort Reform Battle Heats Up In Missouri

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

As tort reform bills moves forward in the Missouri legislature, those supportive of the legislation, including ILR, "have not been shy" about highlighting the urgent need for legal reform in the state, according to the Missouri Times. Read More »

In the News Today - March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

In an opinion piece, Thurbert Baker and Tom Stebbins write that "New York desperately needs to pass legislation to apply existing consumer protection laws" to lawsuit lenders. Last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a complaint against a lawsuit cash advance firm for allegedly engaging in predatory lending practices. Read More »

Data Breaches Soar to Record Levels in New York

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

New York businesses disclosed nearly 1,300 incidents of data security breaches in 2016 that compromised 1.6 million residents, writes Law360. Read More »

In the News Today - March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 | News and Blog

California "overly litigious culture" is one of the factors causing businesses to "relocate to state where they are welcomed," writes Kerry Jackson from the Pacific Research Institute. Jackson sites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, noting that California was ranked 47th worst overall lawsuit environment in the country. Read More »

Analysis of Class Action Litigation in Europe Shows Troubling Trends; Prospect of Abusive Litigation is Rising

March 22, 2017 | News and Blog

A new ILR report, The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU, surveyed the ‘state of play' in 10 EU Member States and found that collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe without necessary safeguards. Read More »

In the News Today - March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Last month, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Dan Sullivan introduced two bills that would restructure the Ninth Circuit, which covers nine states and two territories, making it the largest of the nation's 12 courts of appeals. Read More »

State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Attorney General of Utah, Sean Reyes, has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts in an effort to get them to comply with civil investigative demands that more than a dozen states have sent to the trusts. These demands seek information on whether the trusts are squandering money and failing to reimburse states for Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. Read More »

In the News Today - March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Martin Kenney and Garrett Kelleher after both failed to appear to determine their liability to insurer Cigna. In 2016, Judge Diamond ruled that Kenney and Kelleher had "repeatedly thumbed their noses at the courts of the United States" and were liable to Cigna for "orchestrating" continued action against the company. Read More »

Rickard: It is Time to Stop Simplifying the Debate Over Legal Reform

March 20, 2017 | News and Blog

In a Washington Post Letter to the Editor Lisa A. Rickard, President of the Institute for Legal Reform, called for the media to "stop simply defining the debate over legal reform as being between slamming closed the courthouse doors and so-called frivolous lawsuits." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Class Action Litigation Systems in Europe Are Open to Abuse

March 21, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe, but the systems are developing without safeguards to protect consumers and employers. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Kentucky Legislature for Continued Commitment to Legal Reform

March 20, 2017 | Press Release

Harold Kim, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 4 addressing medical liability, and H.B. 233 addressing post-judgment interest rate reform. Both bills were signed by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16th and will become law on June 14th. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Hails South Dakota for Joining Chorus of States, Congress in Combatting Asbestos Fraud

March 15, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today on South Dakota's enactment of S.B. 138. Read More »

U.S. Chamber: House-Passed Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Will Curb Plaintiffs' Lawyer Gaming of Justice System

March 10, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017" (H.R. 720) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends House Passage of Innocent Party Protection Act

March 09, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Innocent Party Protection Act of 2017" (H.R. 725) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Passage of Class Action Litigation and Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill

March 09, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017" (H.R. 985) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States

Author: Ken Daly, Sidley Austin LLP | March 21, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the 'state of play' of collective redress in 10 Member States in the EU and suggests minimum necessary safeguards to prevent litigation abuse taking hold in Europe. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

Covering the Contractors: The Current State of the Government Contractor Defense

Author: John B. Bellinger III, Reeves Anderson, and Sally Pei, Arnold & Porter LLP | February 06, 2017 | Research

This research examines the current state of the government contractor defense, the role of the federal government in litigation against contractors, and some of the questions that still need to be addressed by the courts. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2016

December 28, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on the increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local governments, asbestos "double dipping," trends in trial lawyer drug and device advertising, and the public's views on data privacy liability and legal reform issues. Read More »

Disconnects & Double-Dipping: The Case for Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Transparency in Virginia

Author: Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | December 06, 2016 | Research

This report highlights the disconnect between asbestos bankruptcy trust and asbestos personal injury lawsuit systems by examining Garlock and other cases that expose the widespread asbestos trust manipulation and specifically looks at trust claim activity in wrongful death cases in Newport News, Virginia. Read More »

Big Bucks and Local Lawyers: The Increasing Use of Contingency Fee Lawyers by Local Governments

Author: Michael Maddigan, Hogan Lovells | October 26, 2016 | Research

The increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local government entities is a disturbing trend that poses real risks to the fair and impartial administration of justice. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Fall 2016

September 22, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on over-criminalization and the challenges of business compliance, over-enforcement, third-party litigation funding in the UK, and asbestos trust claims. Read More »

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

Author: John H. Beisner, Geoffrey M. Wyatt, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden Arps | May 26, 2016 | Research

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. Read More »

DOJ's New Threshold for "Cooperation": Challenges Posed by the Yates Memo and USAM Revisions

Author: Matthew M. Miner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the recent release of the Yates Memo, changes to the U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM), and the complicated landscape for business compliance and cooperation. Read More »

Before the Flood: An Outline of Oversight Options for Third Party Litigation Funding in England & Wales

Author: Ken Daly and Steven Pitt, Sidley Austin LLP | April 18, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the ethical and practical concerns that are emerging from the significant expansion of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the UK, and underscores the need for government oversight of the practice. Read More »

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue's Remarks at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

At the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011, Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered these special remarks. He was introduced by Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Watch »

Trends We Don't Want To Continue: A Look at the Latest Lawsuits and Theories from The Trial Bar

October 26, 2011 | Video

This panel at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011 spotlighted litigation trends in a variety of areas such as asbestos and the use of civil conspiracy, transnational torts, and the use of outside contingency fee counsel by certain state attorneys general in recent litigation. Watch »

Speaking Out: Small Businesses, Schools, and Communities Victimized by Lawsuit Abuse

Author: Brian Quigley | December 22, 2010 | Video

Sitting in the defendant's chair can be a nightmare scenario for any small business owner. So imagine the toll of sitting in that seat over and over . . . and over. That's not a hypothetical for the folks at Peachtree Pest Control - it's a terrible reality. Watch »

Lawsuits Take School's Swing Sets Away From Kids

Author: Mike Lepage | December 17, 2010 | Video

Everyone has favorite childhood memories. For many people, those memories include rolling down slides, dangling off of monkey bars and swinging on swing sets at their local neighborhood playground. But elementary school students in Cabell County, West Virginia, may miss out on some of those childhood pleasures. That is because the county's school system has decided to remove swing sets from all school playgrounds, due to lawsuit fears. Their story is featured as part of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign. Watch »

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