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In the News Today - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 | Fla. Voters Want to Reform AOB System, Fla. Chamber Poll Finds; Report: Employment-Related Class Action Settlements Skyrocketed in 2017

Defense Lawyer: Subway 'Footlong' Lawsuit May Have Long-Term Impact

January 19, 2018 | While most of the legal community was focused on the landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb jurisdiction case, a Porter Wright Morris & Arthur lawyer said in Law360 the Seventh Circuit's Subway ‘Footlong' decision may also "have an outsized effect" on product liability cases.

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Illinois: The Lawsuit Capitol of the World

September 10, 2012 | Video

Land of Lincoln? Try Land of Lawsuits. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue discusses a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Illinois' lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 46. The survey respondents also named two Illinois counties as among the worst jurisdictions in the country; Cook County was named as the most unfair and unreasonable jurisdiction and Madison Country was named the sixth most unfair county. Watch »

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Florida's Lawsuit Climate

September 10, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Florida's lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country, coming in at number 41 out of 50. Watch »

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate

September 10, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 40, while Philadelphia's courts were mentioned as the fifth worst in the nation for legal fairness. Watch »

Who are the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse? The Blitz USA Plant in Miami, OK

September 10, 2012 | Video

Who are the faces of lawsuit abuse? They're the people who have lost their jobs because of run away lawsuits that can cripple state economies and that take a terrible toll on families. Does your state have a lawsuit abuse problem? Find out in a new study that ranks all 50 states at FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.com. Watch »

Is Lawsuit Abuse Causing Your State to Lose the Race for Jobs and Growth?

September 10, 2012 | Video

Every state is a rider in the race for jobs and economic growth. But too many states are pulling the dead-weight of lawsuit abuse, dragging down their economy and making jobs harder to find. Is lawsuit abuse slowing down your state? Find out today at InstituteforLegalReform.com. Watch »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Hails Introduction of Exculpatory Evidence Bill in U.S. Senate

March 15, 2012 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012 in the U.S. Senate. The bill would require that federal prosecutors disclose evidence that is favorable to the defendant in the course of a criminal proceeding; outline when such evidence must be disclosed; and, provide meaningful remedies for violations of the rule. Read More »

The Plaintiffs' Bar Goes Digital

February 29, 2012 | Research

This study of how plaintiffs' lawyers market their services online reveals some of the most sophisticated, high-dollar tactics of any commercial industry. The study details how many plaintiffs' firms create and dispatch a wide variety of websites and use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to create a complex web of information presented in a broad variety of ways, all designed to attract and vet potential clients for lawsuits. Read More »

Litigation Funding in Australia: Identifying and Addressing Conflicts of Interest for Lawyers

Author: Michael Legg, Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales | February 08, 2012 | Research

Litigation funding in Australia is a contractual arrangement whereby a third party (usually a corporate entity and not a legal practitioner) provides financing and some level of management of the dispute, and in return, if the case succeeds, receives a percentage of the proceeds. Litigation funding has been argued to be an important and legitimate development that provides access to justice, allows for the spreading of the risk of complex litigation and can improve the efficiency of litigation by bringing commercial considerations to bear. Equally there have been concerns that litigation funding results in the Court's processes being misused for commercial gain. Read More »

Collective Redress in the Netherlands

Author: U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | February 06, 2012 | Research

The Netherlands has three main mechanisms for collective redress, including the well-known "WCAM" collective settlement procedure. This paper describes the current Dutch collective redress landscape and some concerning developments. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Introduction of FOCUS Act in U.S. Senate

Author: Justin Hakes | February 03, 2012 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the introduction of the Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures (FOCUS) Act of 2012 in the U.S. Senate. The bill would, among other things, amend the Lacey Act to remove foreign law violations as a basis for prosecution in the United States and limit punishment for violations under the Act to civil penalties. Read More »

In the News Today - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

Fla. Voters Want to Reform AOB System, Fla. Chamber Poll Finds; Report: Employment-Related Class Action Settlements Skyrocketed in 2017 Read More »

Defense Lawyer: Subway 'Footlong' Lawsuit May Have Long-Term Impact

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

While most of the legal community was focused on the landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb jurisdiction case, a Porter Wright Morris & Arthur lawyer said in Law360 the Seventh Circuit's Subway ‘Footlong' decision may also "have an outsized effect" on product liability cases. Read More »

In the News Today - January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

New Book Says Multidistrict Litigation Becoming 'More and More Deplorable'; Man Concludes Six-Figure Run By Settling 31st TCPA Lawsuit Read More »

ILR's Rickard: "ALI Shouldn't Inject Opinion" into Restatements

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

In a National Law Journal op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said the American Law Institute (ALI) has "drifted from its mission to state what the law is and moved toward advocating what certain ALI members think the law should be." Read More »

In the News Today - January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

Workplace Class Actions Soared in 2017; Windshield Replacement Anti-Fraud Proposal Clears First Senate Hurdle Read More »

2nd Circ. Offers Clarity on Shareholder Class Actions

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

The Second Circuit ruled yesterday that a judge applied the wrong standard of proof when certifying a shareholder class action, which could help clarify the standard needed to "rebut allegations that a company's misstatements directly impacted its stock price," writes Law360. Read More »

New Jersey Enacts Foreign Judgment Recognition Reform Law

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

On Monday, New Jersey enacted a law to ensure that its courts do not enforce fraudulent or abusive legal judgments made by foreign courts. Read More »

In the News Today - January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawmakers square off over profitable cottage industry; The Latest on Third-Party Litigation Financing Read More »

Fla. Official: Assignment of Benefits Abuse a "Category Five Hurricane"

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida Chief Financial Officer said unchecked assignment of benefits abuse "is literally a category five hurricane that would financially cripple the state," reports WTSP Tampa Bay. Read More »

Florida House Goes 1-for-2 on Much-Needed Legal Reform

January 12, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation today that could have big implications for the state's economy. One of those measures should be advanced immediately. The other still needs work. Read More »

Lawsuit Claiming Consumer was "Deceived" About Sugar in Jelly Beans Named Most Ridiculous of 2017

December 21, 2017 | Press Release

Annual List of Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Released Today Read More »

Study: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Cause Spike in Reports of Patient Health Incidents, Deaths

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that lawsuit ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices have caused at least 61 serious medical events -- including six deaths -- an increase from previous reports. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Announces 2017 Legal Reform Award Winners

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced its 2017 Legal Reform Award winners at its 18th Annual Legal Reform Summit. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB's Arbitration Rule

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration rule... Read More »

U.S. Chamber Praises House Passage of Legislation to Bar Federal Agencies from Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Parties

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to pass the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017," (H.R. 732): ... 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 »

West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

January 10, 2018 | Research

West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress. Read More »

ILR Research Review - Fall 2017

November 30, 2017 | Research

This special double-issue of the ILR Research Review features a wealth of insight and analysis on the world's rapidly changing litigation environment. The research contained in this issue targets exploitative litigation at home and abroad, examining numerous developments ranging from hyper-aggressive trial lawyer advertising in the U.S. to the imminent expansion of class actions in Europe. Read More »

Unstable Foundation: Our Broken Class Action System and How to Fix It

October 24, 2017 | Research

Unstable Foundation examines the pervasive flaws afflicting the United States' class action system. Class actions rarely provide meaningful compensation for class members, and are poorly suited to deterring wrongful conduct. Read More »

Collective Redress Tourism: Preventing Forum Shopping in the EU

October 24, 2017 | Research

The EU is experiencing a wave of new "collective redress" or "class action" mechanisms being introduced in the Member States. However, there is little consistency across the EU regarding when or how actions may be brought, and the features Read More »

Bad for Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications and Solutions

October 24, 2017 | Research

This paper documents the proliferation of alarmist, misleading ads soliciting the public to file lawsuits against prescription drug and medical device companies. The report explores how these ads exaggerate product risks, minimize benefits Read More »

Recipe for Reform: A Proposal for Improving Canadian Class Action Procedures

October 24, 2017 | Research

There are serious concerns that many aspects of and developments in the class action regimes in Canada impose unwarranted burdens on defendants and the courts, at the ultimate expense of shareholders, taxpayers and consumers. 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 »

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