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In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | 'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling.

In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | News and Blog

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement Read More »

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Trump Nominates Joseph Simons Of Paul Weiss As FTC Chair; UK-Based Temple Funding Urges Regulatory Oversight of Third Party Funding Industry Read More »

Comptroller: CFPB Relied on "Secret Analysis" for Anti-Arbitration Rule

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith Norieka said the "CFPB's secret analysis" will not benefit consumers, according to Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate; Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks Read More »

"The price of air: Local lawyer looks for fat sums in half-empty bags of treats"

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

One New York lawyer's dozen slack fill lawsuits over the past two years fits into the growing trend of increased food litigation, writes Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business. Read More »

In the News Today - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Millions joined a lawsuit against ‘free cruise' spam callers. Then came the bad news; Securities Litigation Spending To Increase In 2018 Read More »

"Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food"

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the "food lawsuit capital" or the country. Read More »

In the News Today - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning; Carson: Government considering ending use of False Claims Act against FHA lenders Read More »

DOJ Drops "Closely Watched" False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

After a California judge pushed back against the case, the Department of Justice dismissed a "closely watched" False Claims Act lawsuit, in which it alleged that United Healthcare defrauded Medicare Advantage, reports Law360. Read More »

The New Trend in FCPA Compliance is Cooperation

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

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In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | News and Blog

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement Read More »

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Trump Nominates Joseph Simons Of Paul Weiss As FTC Chair; UK-Based Temple Funding Urges Regulatory Oversight of Third Party Funding Industry Read More »

Comptroller: CFPB Relied on "Secret Analysis" for Anti-Arbitration Rule

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith Norieka said the "CFPB's secret analysis" will not benefit consumers, according to Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate; Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks Read More »

"The price of air: Local lawyer looks for fat sums in half-empty bags of treats"

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

One New York lawyer's dozen slack fill lawsuits over the past two years fits into the growing trend of increased food litigation, writes Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business. Read More »

In the News Today - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Millions joined a lawsuit against ‘free cruise' spam callers. Then came the bad news; Securities Litigation Spending To Increase In 2018 Read More »

"Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food"

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the "food lawsuit capital" or the country. Read More »

In the News Today - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning; Carson: Government considering ending use of False Claims Act against FHA lenders Read More »

DOJ Drops "Closely Watched" False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

After a California judge pushed back against the case, the Department of Justice dismissed a "closely watched" False Claims Act lawsuit, in which it alleged that United Healthcare defrauded Medicare Advantage, reports Law360. Read More »

The New Trend in FCPA Compliance is Cooperation

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Read More »

Survey: Georgia's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 18, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, Georgia's lawsuit climate ranked number 40 out of 50 in a new national survey recently released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Just five years ago, Georgia ranked number 24 in the same survey. Read More »

Survey: 85 Percent of Businesses Say State Lawsuit Climates Impact Decisions on Expansion, Growth

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An all-time high 85 percent of senior business executives at major U.S. companies say a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact decisions about where to locate or expand their business, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) new 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Read More »

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in West Virginia

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its best showing ever, West Virginia's lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before today's release, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years. Read More »

Survey: Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Stuck in Nation's Bottom Tier

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate ranked 37th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

Survey: New Jersey's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, New Jersey's lawsuit climate ranked number 41 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). In 2006, New Jersey ranked number 25 in the same survey. Read More »

Missouri's Leaders Work to Improve Lawsuit Climate as New Survey Shows State's Ranking has Slipped

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Missouri's lawsuit climate fell to 49th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The low ranking comes at the very time that Missouri's governor and legislature have passed significant legal reforms designed to fix the problem that the survey highlights. Read More »

Survey: Louisiana's Lawsuit Climate Ranked As Nation's Worst

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time, Louisiana's lawsuit climate ranked 50th -- the worst in the nation -- according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Louisiana had ranked 49th in the four previous surveys. Read More »

Survey: Kentucky's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kentucky's lawsuit climate ranked number 42 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). However, Gov. Matt Bevin and the state legislature have made tort reform a priority, passing key reforms that lay the groundwork for raising the state's rank in future surveys. This effort comes at a critical time-an all-time high 85 percent of survey participants said that a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company's decisions about where to locate or expand. Read More »

Survey: Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation's Worst

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the second time since 2015, Illinois' lawsuit climate ranked number 48 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Illinois has been in the bottom five states for the past decade. Read More »

Survey: Delaware Dethroned As Best State Lawsuit Climate

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After ranking as the top state in every previous survey, Delaware's lawsuit climate ranked number 11 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). South Dakota replaced Delaware as the top-ranked state. Read More »

Supporting Safeguards: EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

September 27, 2017 | Research

As the Commission of the European Union prepares to make a significant policy decision on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States), it is important to assess how European consumers feel about the development of these mechanisms. This survey captured 6,177 consumers in six EU Member States Read More »

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

September 12, 2017 | Research

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states' liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Read More »

101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - FIFTH EDITION 2017

September 12, 2017 | Research

A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with a compendium of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote state economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice. Read More »

TCPA Litigation Sprawl: A Study of the Sources and Targets of Recent TCPA Lawsuits

Author: Becca Wahlquist, Snell & Wilmer LLP | August 31, 2017 | Research

TCPA Litigation Sprawl is a macro-level analysis of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation that reviews all TCPA federal complaints and a segment of electronically-available state complaints from a 17-month period after the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) issued its July 2015 Omnibus Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

On the Edge: New York County Asbestos Litigation at a Tipping Point

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | August 03, 2017 | Research

This report examines the history and current state of the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit of New York City's state trial court. The analysis concludes that the procedural features that have driven verdicts and settlements higher than those in other jurisdictions are likely to continue under the Revised Case Management Order, absent fresh judicial interpretation and methods of implementation that correct current problems. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Spring 2017

May 08, 2017 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's recent research on the latest trends in litigation and the tactics and strategies entrepreneurial plaintiffs' firms are using to expand their business models and bring more lawsuits in local, state, federal, and international courts. Read More »

Watching it Work: The Impact of Ohio's Asbestos Trust Transparency Law on Tort Litigation in the State

Author: Maryellen K. Corbett and Matthew M. Mendoza, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | May 04, 2017 | Research

This report analyzes the impact that Ohio's 2013 asbestos trust transparency law has had on asbestos tort litigation in the state and concludes that trust transparency reforms appear to have accomplished the goal of ensuring transparency and fairness without causing delays in case resolution. 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 »

Torts of the Future: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies

Author: Cary Silverman, Phil Goldberg & Jonathan Wilson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | March 29, 2017 | Research

Torts of the Future examines the emerging technology sectors of autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, private space exploration, the "sharing economy," and the Internet of Things, and assesses the existing regulatory and litigation environments and future liability trends for each. The paper also draws from experience in each area to present guiding principles for addressing the liability and regulatory implications of emerging technologies. 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 »

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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