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  1. U.S. Chamber Denounces Oklahoma Supreme Court Ruling Voiding State's Landmark Legal Reform Law

    June 06, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement denouncing the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling this week striking down the state's landmark 2009 legal reform law.... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Passage of Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill

    May 21, 2013 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today applauding the House Judiciary Committee's passage of the "Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013" (H.R. 982).... Read More

  3. U.S. Legal System Is World's Most Costly According to a New Study

    May 14, 2013 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released a study by NERA Economic Consulting showing that the U.S. has the world's most costly legal system as a share of its economy. The study compared liability costs as a percentage of GDP using general liability insurance sold to companies in Canada, Eurozone countries, and the U.S. because it covers similar types of costs in each country. Data shows that as a percentage of its economy, the U.S. legal system costs over 150 percent more than the Eurozone average, and over 50 percent more than the United Kingdom.... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Applauds Gov. Fallin for Signing Law Aimed to Curb Litigation Abuses

    May 07, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today applauding Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law Senate Bill 404... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Applauds Florida Legislature’s Approval of Modernizing State’s Expert Trial Testimony Standards

    April 26, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement about the Florida legislature approving the modernization of the state's expert trial testimony standards on Friday.... Read More

  6. U.S. Chamber Commends Supreme Court for Reining In Abuses of Alien Tort Statute

    April 17, 2013 | Press Release

    Decision limits the ability of plaintiffs to import foreign lawsuits into U.S. courts... Read More

  7. Business Coalition Letter to the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency Regarding Expansion of Class Actions

    March 26, 2013 | Press Release

    Urgent Proposition on the Japanese Class Action System (Shudan Sosho Seido) Keidanren, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Keizai Doyukai, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), European Business Council in Japan (EBC), and BUSINESSEUROPE are comprised of member companies and management executives committed to producing quality products and services for consumers in Japan. We support legal systems that offer remedies for consumer damages, including appropriate activities by consumer consultation centers or consumer organizations, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and legitimate claims filed in civil litigation.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - March 24, 2014

    March 24, 2013 | News and Blog

    "We're particularly concerned about developments here in third-party litigation financing," ILR president Lisa Rickard told the Australian Financial Review. ... Read More

  9. U.S. Chamber Applauds West Virginia’s Outside Counsel Sunshine Policy

    March 21, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today about West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's new proposed procedures and guidelines for hiring outside counsel.... Read More

  10. 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

  11. 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

  1. In the News Today - January 18, 2019

    January 18, 2019 | News

    High Court Eyes Scope of Class Action Fairness Act; Locality Data Privacy Lawsuits May Be the Rule, Not the Exception... Read More

  2. A 2019 Field Guide to California Class Actions

    January 18, 2019 | News

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  3. In the News Today- January 15, 2019

    January 15, 2019 | News

    "Drop the Climate Lawsuit;" What To Make Of DOJ's 2018 False Claims Act Report"... Read More

  4. Florida Governor Makes Second of Three State Supreme Court Picks

    January 15, 2019 | News

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis selected a Miami appeals court judge to serve on the state's Supreme Court yesterday, filling two of the three vacancies he inherited when his term began last week, the Miami Herald reports. ... Read More

  5. In the News Today - January 11, 2019

    January 11, 2019 | News

    "One Year Later, NYC's Climate Lawsuit Wastes Taxpayer Money to Boost de Blasio's Credentials"... Read More

  6. Florida House Chairwoman: "I Think We're There" on AOB Reform

    January 11, 2019 | News

    The chairwoman of the Florida House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee said she thinks "we're there" on assignment of benefits (AOB) legislation, Florida Politics reports.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - January 10, 2019

    January 11, 2019 | News

    West Virginia Legislature Opens Today... Read More

  8. Do the DOJ Qui Tam Dismissals Signal a Department Sea Change?

    January 10, 2019 | News

    Legal Newsline reports in Forbes that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent move to dismiss 11 whistleblower, or qui tam, lawsuits under the False Claims Act may be a shift towards an administration strategy to "rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars."... Read More

  9. In The News Today - January 8, 2019

    January 08, 2019 | News

    Top Securities News of 2018... Read More

  10. Pharma Companies Say Lawyers "Flagrantly Violated" Restrictions and Ethics

    January 08, 2019 | News

    The companies in opioid-related litigation accused the plaintiffs' lawyers of "flagrantly" violating restrictions on information disclosure during a "60 Minutes" interview, Law360 reports.... Read More

  11. In the News Today - January 7, 2019

    January 07, 2019 | News

    "Fighting a Tort Plague;" U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on M&A Lawsuit Standards... Read More

  1. A New Day for the Florida Supreme Court

    January 09, 2019 | Blogs

    It won't be long before Major League Baseball's spring training is in the air, and teams flock to Florida to begin tuning up for the regular season...... Read More

  2. Hey UK, Don't Follow in Our Footsteps on Collective Actions

    December 20, 2018 | Blogs

    In June 2019, a UK court will decide if two different huge collective actions will be allowed to move forward, giving plaintiffs' lawyers and litigation financiers massive paydays, while consumers get next to nothing.... Read More

  3. Guest Post: While Congress Tackles Opioid Crisis, Lawyers Seek Payday

    December 19, 2018 | Blogs

    Bipartisanship is rare in Washington these days but there was overwhelming bipartisan support as Congress adopted and the President signed legislation in October to address the opioid epidemic. ... Read More

  4. FCC Takes Important Step to Curb Abusive TCPA Litigation

    December 14, 2018 | Blogs

    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been in the spotlight a lot in 2018. From an increased number of frivolous lawsuits, to stories of outrageous fines for minor infractions, it's clear the TCPA desperately needs to be updated. ... Read More

  5. Statement from Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, on passage of a collective redress proposal out of the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI)

    December 06, 2018 | Blogs

    "A new collective action directive will create a whole new world of litigation in Europe and it is crucial that EU lawmakers get it right the first time."... Read More

  6. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Commends Judicial Hellholes for Highlighting Nation's Worst Civil Justice Jurisdictions

    December 05, 2018 | Blogs

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR),made the following statement on the release of the American Tort Reform Association's (ATRA) Judicial Hellholes 2018/2019:... Read More

  7. New U.S. Tort Costs Study May Show What's Coming for Europe

    December 04, 2018 | Blogs

    The U.S. tort system can be extremely inefficient, and now a new report shows just how expensive that system is-something the EU institutions should note as they consider the proposed directive on representative actions. ... Read More

  8. American Law Institute: Elite Group of Legal Experts Exerts Growing Influence Over State Law

    December 03, 2018 | Blogs

    This kind of thing isn't supposed to happen. A private group of legal experts has influenced a court to ignore a majority rule and change their application of state law. And it won't be the last time.... Read More

  9. Department of Justice Announces Major Changes to "Yates Memo"

    November 30, 2018 | Blogs

    The holiday season is in full swing, but the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn't letting visions of sugar plums get in the way of conducting business. ... Read More

  10. TCPA Lawsuits are HOW Expensive??

    November 30, 2018 | Blogs

    A new report from the TCPAland blog shows just how expensive TCPA litigation actually is.... Read More

  11. New Compliance Guidance Shows The DOJ's Continued Commitment to Defending Rule of Law

    October 18, 2018 | Blogs

    While some of the U.S. is caught up in post-season baseball, the legal community is paying close attention to the Department of Justice (DOJ), which keeps knocking out policy home runs.... Read More

  1. Lawsuit Over Coffee Warning Labels Named Most Ridiculous of 2018

    December 18, 2018 | Press Release

    A lawsuit targeting California coffee houses for not including warning labels on their products tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018. ... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Comments on New York Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) made the following statement about the lawsuit filed today by New York State against ExxonMobil using the Martin Act:... Read More

  3. Study: U.S. Tort System Costs $429 Billion

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion-or 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)-in 2016.... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Honors Advocates for Legal Reform

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) presented its 2018 Legal Reform Award to two distinguished individuals and one organization at its Summit XX: Law, Policy, Politics event.... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Welcomes DOJ Action to Prevent Asbestos Fraud

    September 13, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statement of interest in asbestos bankruptcy trust creation:... Read More

  6. Survey: Only 13 Percent of Consumers Support European Commission's Current Collective Action Lawsuit Proposal

    July 11, 2018 | Press Release

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  7. Report: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Can Help Businesses Defend Against Lawsuit 'Forum Shopping'

    June 04, 2018 | Press Release

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  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  1. ILR Research Review - Fall 2018

    November 20, 2018 | Research

    ILR's Fall 2018 research cycle was about two things: spotting new, destructive legal trends before they become unstoppable, and highlighting concrete progress in addressing long-standing litigation challenges. The 2018 Fall Research Review reveals the exploding costs of the U.S. tort system, and examines developments in securities litigation, forum shopping, False Claims Act policy reform, and the European Commission's project to implement class actions.... Read More

  2. Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    The tort system cost Americans $429 billion in 2016. That's the principal finding from ILR's new research, which arrives at that shocking figure by examining data on liability insurance premiums and estimates of the liability exposure of businesses and individuals that are uninsured or self-insured. The research also indicates that only 57 percent of the $429 billion went to plaintiff compensation. The rest went to lawyers' fees and other expenses.... Read More

  3. A Rising Threat: The New Class Action Racket That Harms Investors and the Economy

    October 24, 2018 | Research

    Abusive securities class action lawsuits are imposing huge costs on investors without providing any benefit, and the only winners are the lawyers, who take home millions of dollars in fees. This research documents how the plaintiffs' bar has adapted to the litigation reforms of the ‘90s to launch a new wave of securities class actions-one that is already reaching record heights.... Read More

  4. A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018 | Research

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States.... Read More

  5. Lighting the Way: FCA Reform and Compliance Program Credit

    June 27, 2018 | Research

    This paper contends that in order to encourage companies to create and sustain a culture of consistent compliance, particularly with regard to the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice should formalize a policy of offering credit for companies that implement effective compliance and ethics programs.... Read More

  6. BMS Battlegrounds: Practical Advice for Litigating Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers

    June 04, 2018 | Research

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court was a clear statement that the days of blatant, unchecked plaintiff forum shopping in search of outsized verdicts are at an end. ILR's research explores this paradigm shift and provides practical advice for defendants litigating BMS in the trenches.... Read More

  7. ILR Research Review - Spring 2018

    May 31, 2018 | Research

    The Spring 2018 ILR Research Review explores a wide range of long-standing and emerging issues in legislation, regulation, and litigation, including artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, state qui tam False Claims Acts, West Virginia legal reforms, and asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  8. Torts of the Future: Autonomous Vehicles

    May 17, 2018 | Research

    Among all emerging technologies examined in ILR's Torts of the Future research papers, autonomous vehicles (AVs) may be popping up in headlines more than any other. In order to respond to this trend in public policy and interest, and to provide a valuable tool for legislators, regulators, and businesses seeking to learn more about this topic, ILR has compiled insights from two years of research on emerging liability and regulation issues for autonomous vehicles.... Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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