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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: 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 »

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

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the third time since 2012, California's lawsuit climate ranked number 47 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). California has been in the bottom 10 states since the survey began in 2002. Read More »

Report: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuits Up Nearly 50 Percent Following FCC Action

August 31, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that lawsuits filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) surged following a 2015 declaratory order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that loosened the standards for filing such suits. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: New York Asbestos Court's Rules Are Ripe For Exploitation By Plaintiffs' Lawyers

August 03, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows rules that recently took effect at the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit are prone to exploitation by plaintiffs' lawyers and could hurt future asbestos claimants. Read More »

Survey: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Could Scare Millions Out Of Taking their Medications

June 22, 2017 | Press Release

One in four Americans taking certain prescribed medicines say they would stop taking them immediately-without consulting their doctor-after seeing ads promoting lawsuits against the drugs' manufacturers, according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

May 04, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends West Virginia Governor for Passing Legislation to Curb Frivolous Lawsuits

April 24, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 563 to reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia. The bill was signed by Gov. James Justice on April 24. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends Missouri Governor for Signing Legislation to Improve Expert Evidence Standards

March 28, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of H.B. 153 to address expert evidence standards and ensure junk science is kept out of courts in the state of Missouri. The bill was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on March 28th. 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 »

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 »

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