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Wisconsin Forward: State Enacts Groundbreaking Litigation Funding Transparency Law

April 03, 2018

Today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker helped the state live up to its "Forward" motto, and made good on his encouragement to the legislature to "get it done" on legal reform in 2018 by signing AB 773 into law.

  1. U.S. Chamber Commends Supreme Court for Limiting Class Action Abuses

    March 19, 2013 | Press Release

    Unanimous Ruling Preserves Key Provision of Class Action Fairness Act WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today praised a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that preserves a key provision of the landmark Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In its ruling today in the case of Standard Fire Insurance Company vs. Knowles (available here), the Court unanimously rejected a scheme by plaintiffs' lawyers to circumvent CAFA's $5 million amount-in-controversy requirement and prevent major class actions from being tried in federal court. The purpose of CAFA was to ensure that major class actions are tried in neutral federal courts rather than certain plaintiff-friendly state courts.... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Statement on House Asbestos Reform Hearing

    March 13, 2013 | Press Release

    "For too long, asbestos bankruptcy trusts have operated without adequate oversight. Courts around the country have uncovered examples in which plaintiffs' lawyers have filed inconsistent or fraudulent claims with multiple trusts and in the court system. This abuse shortchanges legitimate asbestos claimants while hurting solvent companies, their shareholders and employees.... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber Releases Annual List of 2012 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

    December 27, 2012 | Press Release

    Intoxicated driver suing deceased victim tops list in poll spotlighting most outrageous abuses of legal system... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Film Spotlights How Lawsuits Closed a Manufacturing Icon

    December 27, 2012 | Press Release

    The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced the release of a first-of-its-kind short film spotlighting the last week in business for portable gas can manufacturer Blitz USA before frivolous lawsuits forced it to close. The short film, viewable at FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.org, marks the campaign's most aggressive effort to date in chronicling the toll lawsuit abuse takes on American small businesses and jobs.... Read More

  5. Land Rush: The Latest Legal Frontier of Unclaimed Property Enforcement and Litigation

    December 24, 2012 | Research

    The life insurance industry has long been a cornerstone of the American economy - a source of financial security for 75 million households, as well as a major institutional investor in United States corporations. Over the past several years, however, life insurance companies have been buffeted by a storm of regulatory inquiries, audits, settlements and civil litigation concerning the payment of death benefits and the "escheatment" of unclaimed insurance proceeds to various states.... Read More

  6. Judicial Hellholes Report Spotlights Problem Civil Justice Jurisdictions

    December 14, 2012 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement regarding today's release of the report Judicial Hellholes 2012/2013 by the American Tort Reform Association ... Read More

  7. U.S. Chamber Applauds Passage of Landmark Ohio Bill Curbing “Double Dip” Asbestos Claims

    December 11, 2012 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today regarding House Bill 380, which will curb "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system.... Read More

  8. David W. Ogden on

    October 26, 2012 | Video | Watch

  9. John B. Bellinger, III on Transnational and Extraterritorial Litigation

    October 26, 2012 | Video | Watch

  10. George J. Terwilliger, III, and Matthew Miner on Federal Regulatory and Prosecution Policies

    October 26, 2012 | Video | Watch

  11. U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on How States' Lawsuit Climates Influence Job Creators

    October 24, 2012 | Video | Watch

  1. In the News Today - April 24, 2018

    April 24, 2018 | News

    Lawyers to Take 75 Percent of Whistleblower Lawsuit... Read More

  2. "Monkey Selfie" Lawsuit Comes to a Close

    April 24, 2018 | News

    The Ninth Circuit yesterday said Naruto the monkey cannot sue a photographer for copyright infringement, bringing the years long "monkey selfie" case to a close.... Read More

  3. 20 Years of ILR Accomplishments: The Lawsuit Climate Survey

    April 23, 2018 | News

    The fierce competition to be the home for Amazon's second world headquarters shows the lengths some states go to attract new businesses. States know there are jobs on the line which can boost a state's economy and increase the tax base to help pay for public services. What some states fail to realize, however, is the importance of a state's legal climate when companies think about expanding or relocating. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - April 23, 2018

    April 23, 2018 | News

    Denver Post Editorial Board: Boulder Lawsuit "Dangerously Miss[es] the Mark;" Lawsuit Lenders Demand $2.1 Million as Repayment for $21,300 in Loans... Read More

  5. Legal Experts: TPLF Transparency Likely to Catch On

    April 23, 2018 | News

    A number of legal and business experts told the West Virginia Record that more states are likely to follow Wisconsin's lead in requiring third party litigation funding transparency in state courts.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - April 20, 2018

    April 20, 2018 | News

    Self-Driving Cars, Thinking Machines Will Test Limits Of Tort Law; Texas Panel Told To Revive Asbestos Depo 'Coaching' Row... Read More

  7. ILR's Rickard: "Grave Concerns" About Global Litigation Developments

    April 20, 2018 | News

    In an interview with The Australian, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said American businesses have "grave concerns" over recent litigation developments around the world, particularly in Australia.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - April 19, 2018

    April 19, 2018 | News

    Accounting Class-Action Suits Hit Record Levels... Read More

  9. ILR Counsel: TCPA's Focus on Technology, Rather Than Conduct, has Led to "Abusive Litigation"

    April 19, 2018 | News

    Yesterday, counsel for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform told the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) focus on technology, rather than bad conduct, has led to "abusive litigation" that have "devastating effects" on businesses.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - April 18, 2018

    April 18, 2018 | News

    Securities Litigation Rising for Life Sciences Companies; ILR to Testify Before Senate Committee Hearing on Robocalls... Read More

  11. Candy Maker Says Lawsuit Over Sugar in Lollipops is "Nonsensical"

    April 18, 2018 | News

    A candy maker said a California lawsuit that alleges the company's lollipops are misleading is "nonsensical" because "everyone knows that candy contains sugar," Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.... Read More

  1. Wisconsin Forward: State Enacts Groundbreaking Litigation Funding Transparency Law

    April 03, 2018 | Blogs

    Today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker helped the state live up to its "Forward" motto, and made good on his encouragement to the legislature to "get it done" on legal reform in 2018 by signing AB 773 into law. ... Read More

  2. The EU Commission Should Follow Its Own Advice on Collective Redress

    April 02, 2018 | Blogs

    As mechanisms for collective redress – better known as class action in the U.S. – spread across Europe, the European Commission is preparing to propose important new EU-wide legislation on collective redress this month. A Commission report from January highlights the clear need for that legislation to include safeguards against litigation abuse.... Read More

  3. Kentucky Chalks Up Two Legal Reform Wins in March

    March 20, 2018 | Blogs

    The University of Kentucky Wildcats are making a strong showing in March Madness, and so is the state legislature. Over the past few weeks, Kentucky has passed two major milestones in legal reform: ensuring transparency in private attorney contracting (TIPAC), and protecting physician peer-review.... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Praises Senate Introduction of PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act

    March 16, 2018 | Blogs

    Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the introduction of the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act of 2018 (S. 2564) by Senator Thom Tillis.... Read More

  5. Wisconsin Legal Reform in Peril

    March 16, 2018 | Blogs

    When Governor Walker addressed Wisconsin legislators on January 30, he urged them to "get it done" on legal reform. He was referring to a comprehensive omnibus reform bill that promised to improve the Badger State's lawsuit climate. That was the bill he wanted to sign. But if the plaintiffs' bar gets its way, it won't even reach his desk. ... Read More

  6. 20 Years of ILR Accomplishments: The Class Action Fairness Act

    March 12, 2018 | Blogs

    Starting in 2001, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) led a successful four-year effort to reform the class action lawsuit system, the biggest legal reform achievement of the last 20 years.... Read More

  7. Junk Science at a Tipping Point?

    March 01, 2018 | Blogs

    Are plaintiffs' lawyers beginning to sound the retreat when it comes to junk science lawsuits falsely claiming that talcum powder causes cancer? A recent development suggests they may be and, if not, they should.... Read More

  8. Faster, Smarter, Better: Creating a Business Court in Georgia

    February 28, 2018 | Blogs

    Georgia businesses will soon see signs of hope-at least, they will if HR 993 becomes law.... Read More

  9. A Smarter and More Rational Approach to Enforcement

    February 27, 2018 | Blogs

    DOJ's old approach to enforcement was a no-holds-barred, win-at-all-costs posture that drained businesses of resources needed to invest in job creation and our economy. Fortunately, today's DOJ has adopted a smarter, more rational enforcement mentality. ... Read More

  10. Justice Advances in the Mountain State

    February 15, 2018 | Blogs

    West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. ... Read More

  11. States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

    February 12, 2018 | Blogs

    In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform.... Read More

  1. Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not "Regulate" New Technologies

    April 18, 2018 | Press Release

    SEATTLE, WA - During an event today the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) will release a new survey finding that, contrary to the claims of many plaintiffs' lawyers, nearly 82 percent of consumers believe that filing lawsuits is not the best way to regulate emerging technologies, such as cars that operate without a human driver. ... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber: Proposal Could Make EU a Major Global Hub for Abusive Litigation

    April 11, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the European Commission's proposal to rescind and replace the EU's "Injunctions Directive." The proposal would create a new European Union-wide framework for collective redress (class action lawsuits): ... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber: D.C. Circuit Ruling a Positive Step, But Congress Should Modernize the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    March 16, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the D.C. Circuit Court's ruling vacating portions of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) declaratory order:... Read More

  4. Report: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Running Short of Money to Pay Future Claimants, System Lacks Safeguards

    March 08, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights that asbestos bankruptcy trusts are being depleted, jeopardizing their ability to fully compensate future claimants.... Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Survey: 85 Percent of EU Consumers Support Safeguards Against Abuse Built Into Collective Action Lawsuit Systems

    September 28, 2017 | Press Release

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  11. 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

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

    April 18, 2018 | Research

    The second edition of ILR's Torts of the Future research examines evolutions in regulatory and liability trends for emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable devices, and 3D printing. The research also presents a number of updated guiding principles to inform courts, legislators, and policymakers as they seek to address privacy and safety concerns without derailing or delaying innovation.... Read More

  2. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  3. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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