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In the News Today - February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 | Fears of More N.J. Plaintiffs Spur Biz Push for Legal Fixes; SCOTUS Likely Won't Review 'Case-Killer' TCPA Decision

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

February 23, 2018 | The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state's consumer protection statute, Law360 reports.

ILR Exposes Minnesota Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Minnesota's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, now calling itself the Minnesota Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

ILR Exposes Ohio Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Ohio's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, now calling itself the Ohio Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

ILR Exposes Rhode Island Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Rhode Island's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, which has voted to call itself the Rhode Island Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

ILR Exposes West Virginia Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by West Virginia's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, now calling itself the West Virginia Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

Through Their Eyes: How Foreign Investors View and React to the U.S. Legal System

Author: Robert E. Leiten | July 31, 2007 | Research

For the several decades in which it has occurred, the debate over the costs and efficacy of the U.S. legal system has had only a domestic character with both critics and proponents concentrating their attention and arguments solely on the effects our system has had on the behavior of U.S. residents and enterprises. Read More »

Lawsuits Hurt Foreign Direct Investment, Experts Conclude

July 31, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Exposure to class action lawsuits, high punitive damage awards and other uncertainties of the U.S. legal system could make foreign businesses less likely to invest in American companies and factories, according to a new paper released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform."This new essay makes it clear that America's broken lawsuit system hurts our global competitiveness by raising barriers to our ability to attract foreign investment," said Lisa Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

$54 Million Pants Lawsuit Reflects Both Bad and Good in America

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | July 25, 2007 | Press Release

Last month, Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that Washington, D.C. administrative law Judge Roy Pearson would not get $54 million for his allegedly lost pants. The decision surprised no one except maybe Judge Pearson, who is expected to appeal the verdict. But the "victory" for Jin, Soo, and Ki Chung, owners of Custom Cleaners, has cost them at least $83,000 in legal fees and counting. The case has drained their life savings and left them with a large debt. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Helps D.C. Dry Cleaner Pay Legal Bills

July 23, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Businesses large and small joined together with legal reform advocates to help Jin and Soo Chung, the owners of a Washington, DC-based dry cleaner, pay some of the legal bills resulting from the $54 million lawsuit brought against them over an allegedly "missing" pair of pants. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Pans New Trial Lawyer Poll

July 11, 2007 | Press Release

Washington, D.C.-U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard offered the following statement on the polling data released Thursday by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now calling themselves the American Association for Justice). Read More »

Chamber Urges Congress, SEC to Address Competitiveness of U.S. Capital Markets and Securities Lawsuit Abuse

June 25, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today urged Congress and the SEC to address the challenges to the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets. The call came as the House Committee on Financial Services met to discuss the role of the SEC in investor protection and market oversight. Read More »

Pants Suit May End, But Broken Lawsuit System Will Remain

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | June 25, 2007 | Press Release

The case of the $54 million pants lawsuit has finally had its day in court. The judge issued her ruling finding in favor of the long-suffering defendants. Soon the jokes will subside, the disbelief will fade away, and the public will turn their attention to the next major headline. But our broken legal system remains. Read More »

In the News Today - February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 | News and Blog

Fears of More N.J. Plaintiffs Spur Biz Push for Legal Fixes; SCOTUS Likely Won't Review 'Case-Killer' TCPA Decision Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

February 23, 2018 | News and Blog

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state's consumer protection statute, Law360 reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 | News and Blog

PIP Car Insurance, Built to Curb Lawsuits, Spurs Record Pile Instead; Supreme Court Declines to Broaden Whistleblower Protections Read More »

DOJ: Class Action Settlement "Not Appropriate," Should Be Rejected

February 22, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice told a New Jersey judge that a class action settlement before her is "not appropriate" and should be rejected, National Law Journal reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row; SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row Read More »

N.Y. Lawsuit: "Ancient Grains" Snack Misleading, Also Contains Modern Grains

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

A New York plaintiff has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging the labeling of "Ancient Grain Twists" is misleading since the product also includes modern products, Law360 reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018 | News and Blog

AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017; NYU Professor: ‘I Certainly Believe' Calif. Cities Will Lose Their Lawsuits Read More »

California Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

February 20, 2018 | News and Blog

The California Supreme Court last week declined to hear an appeal of a landmark ruling that held paint manufactures liable for lead paint removal, The Recorder reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports. Read More »

Justice Advances in the Mountain State

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

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 »

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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