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Attorney Drug Ads Draw Criticism During House Hearing

June 26, 2017 | In a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, lawmakers discussed whether lawyers' TV commercials that highlight negative side effects of certain drugs are "unethical and warrant increased regulation," writes Law.com.

In the News Today - June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017 | The Second Circuit ruled last week that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) doesn't allow consumers who consent to receiving calls as part of a contract agreement to revoke that permission.

Chamber Moves To Quash Illegitimate Subpoenas

June 24, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2003 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce today filed a motion in Madison County, Illinois, to quash subpoenas served on U.S. Chamber President Thomas J. Donohue and three others following a June 5 news conference highlighting lawsuit abuse in the Madison County court system and the need for reform. Read More »

Chamber Poll Finds Public and Union Support for Asbestos Fund

June 23, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Chamber of Commerce released a new study that reflects strong public and union support for a legislative solution to the asbestos litigation crisis crippling the American economy. "Most Americans agree - the truly sick must be taken care of before all others," said Lisa A. Rickard, president of the Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. "For years, everyone from the U.S. Supreme Court to academics have been calling for a viable legislative solution to the asbestos litigation crisis - and now union workers have joined the chorus." Read More »

Chamber Hails House Vote on Class Action Reform

June 11, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 12, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing class action reform - for the third time - and urged the Senate to follow suit. The Chamber has lobbied hard on behalf of the Class Action Fairness Act, which restores fairness for defendants and ends abuses of the current class action system. Read More »

The Rogue Courts of Madison County

June 04, 2003 | Research

In recent years, Madison County, a small county in southwestern Illinois, has increasingly gained a reputation as a claimant's heaven, a place where lawsuits are given a sympathetic ear by friendly trial judges, generous juries, and equally receptive appellate courts.

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Chamber Celebrates Judiciary Vote on Class Actions

May 21, 2003 | Press Release

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce cheered the House Judiciary Committee's approval of a bill designed to help consumers and businesses by curbing abusive lawsuits filed by class action trial lawyers. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Lawmakers' Asbestos Action

May 21, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce welcomed movement on Capitol Hill toward a solution on how to handle the tangle of asbestos lawsuits that are bankrupting companies across the country.

"Congress must act to protect people who have been harmed by asbestos and close the door on the unimpaired, who are looking for a quick payout," said Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "There is not a single legal issue more potentially damaging to the U.S. business community and our economy as a whole than asbestos litigation." Read More »

Chamber Supports Iowa Pro-Business Legislation

April 24, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC, April 25, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today endorsed a comprehensive business-climate enhancement bill under consideration by the Iowa House of Representatives. The Iowa Senate previously endorsed the plan, as did the Commerce Committee of the Iowa House. Read More »

Judiciary Vote First Step in Fixing Class Action System

April 10, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC, April 11, 2003 - The Senate Judiciary Committee's vote today to reform the state court class action lawsuit system is the beginning of a process to make class action lawsuits simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. The bill will curb rampant venue shopping in state courts and abusive settlements in which class members receive coupons or something else of little value while their lawyers receive huge legal fees, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read More »

Attorney Drug Ads Draw Criticism During House Hearing

June 26, 2017 | News and Blog

In a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, lawmakers discussed whether lawyers' TV commercials that highlight negative side effects of certain drugs are "unethical and warrant increased regulation," writes Law.com. Read More »

In the News Today - June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017 | News and Blog

The Second Circuit ruled last week that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) doesn't allow consumers who consent to receiving calls as part of a contract agreement to revoke that permission. Read More »

Congress Holds Hearing to Examine Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Attorney Advertising

June 23, 2017 | News and Blog

Today, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing, "Examining Ethical Responsibilities Regarding Attorney Advertising," to discuss the dangers associated with trial lawyer drug advertising. Read More »

Rickard Op-Ed: Lawsuit Ads May be Harmful to the Health of Americans

June 23, 2017 | News and Blog

In an opinion piece for The Hill, Lisa Rickard, President of the Institute for Legal Reform, highlights numerous concerns regarding the growth of trial lawyer drug ads which can be "so frightening" that a patient "stopped taking medication and subsequently died from a pulmonary embolism." Read More »

In the News Today - June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017 | News and Blog

On May 3, Honeywell asked the federal bankruptcy court in Oakland, CA to make public the ballots cast by holders of asbestos claims against the successors to Chicago Fire Brick and Wellsville Fire Brick, companies that spent a decade creating a trust that would pay individuals with asbestos claims. Read More »

In the News Today - June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 | News and Blog

The new case management order for New York City's asbestos courts, released this week and set to take effect on July 20, contains provisions that both defense and plaintiffs' attorneys dislike. Read More »

RX Drug Lawsuit Ads Could Scare Millions Out of Taking Their Medications

June 22, 2017 | News and Blog

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 »

WSJ Editorial - "Many Reasons to Axe The Consumer Financial Bureau Chief"

June 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a report that "enumerates a litany of ways in which Mr. Cordray has flouted the law" as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and makes "an excellent case for [Cordray's] dismissal," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Corporate Crime Reporter notes that the American Bar Association's annual meeting is open to the press, the Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform's annual summit is open to the press, and yet the American Association for Justice's annual convention is closed to the press. Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Tightens Rules on Class-Action Lawsuits

June 20, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that makes it more difficult for plaintiffs' attorneys to look for friendly locations for their lawsuits, a practice known as forum shopping, writes the Washington Post. Read More »

In the News Today - June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017 | News and Blog

The saga of Chevron v. Donziger, "one of the most egregious legal frauds in history" according to the WSJ, finally concluded this week with the U.S. Supreme Court denying plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donziger's certiorari petition. Donziger will now have to turn over to Chevron any proceeds from the judgment. 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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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