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In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | 'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling.

In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | News and Blog

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement Read More »

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Trump Nominates Joseph Simons Of Paul Weiss As FTC Chair; UK-Based Temple Funding Urges Regulatory Oversight of Third Party Funding Industry Read More »

Comptroller: CFPB Relied on "Secret Analysis" for Anti-Arbitration Rule

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith Norieka said the "CFPB's secret analysis" will not benefit consumers, according to Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate; Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks Read More »

"The price of air: Local lawyer looks for fat sums in half-empty bags of treats"

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

One New York lawyer's dozen slack fill lawsuits over the past two years fits into the growing trend of increased food litigation, writes Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business. Read More »

In the News Today - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Millions joined a lawsuit against ‘free cruise' spam callers. Then came the bad news; Securities Litigation Spending To Increase In 2018 Read More »

"Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food"

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the "food lawsuit capital" or the country. Read More »

In the News Today - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning; Carson: Government considering ending use of False Claims Act against FHA lenders Read More »

DOJ Drops "Closely Watched" False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

After a California judge pushed back against the case, the Department of Justice dismissed a "closely watched" False Claims Act lawsuit, in which it alleged that United Healthcare defrauded Medicare Advantage, reports Law360. Read More »

The New Trend in FCPA Compliance is Cooperation

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

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In the News Today - October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017 | News and Blog

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape; Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement Read More »

The TCPA One Year Later

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

A Chicago Cubs World Series championship. President Trump's election win. The Dow reaching 23,000 points. These are three events that may seem to have occurred an eternity ago - but really only happened within the past twelve months. They're also all things that have occurred since October 19, 2016 - the date oral arguments were heard in the D.C. Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission's 2015 Omnibus Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Trump Nominates Joseph Simons Of Paul Weiss As FTC Chair; UK-Based Temple Funding Urges Regulatory Oversight of Third Party Funding Industry Read More »

Comptroller: CFPB Relied on "Secret Analysis" for Anti-Arbitration Rule

October 19, 2017 | News and Blog

In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith Norieka said the "CFPB's secret analysis" will not benefit consumers, according to Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate; Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks Read More »

"The price of air: Local lawyer looks for fat sums in half-empty bags of treats"

October 18, 2017 | News and Blog

One New York lawyer's dozen slack fill lawsuits over the past two years fits into the growing trend of increased food litigation, writes Aaron Elstein of Crain's New York Business. Read More »

In the News Today - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Millions joined a lawsuit against ‘free cruise' spam callers. Then came the bad news; Securities Litigation Spending To Increase In 2018 Read More »

"Lawyers running amok in California are suing over food"

October 17, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and President and CEO of the Civil Justice Association of California John Doherty said California is quickly becoming the "food lawsuit capital" or the country. Read More »

In the News Today - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Spike in IL lawsuits vs employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning; Carson: Government considering ending use of False Claims Act against FHA lenders Read More »

DOJ Drops "Closely Watched" False Claims Act Suit

October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

After a California judge pushed back against the case, the Department of Justice dismissed a "closely watched" False Claims Act lawsuit, in which it alleged that United Healthcare defrauded Medicare Advantage, reports Law360. Read More »

The New Trend in FCPA Compliance is Cooperation

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | October 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Read More »

Chamber Wins Free Speech Case

November 05, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 6, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce hailed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's ruling today that Mississippi may not prevent the Chamber from airing its educational issue ads. "Justice Scalia upheld our fundamental right to free speech," said Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce. "These ads provide crucial information to the citizens of Mississippi on the impact of judicial elections on jobs and justice and are protected under the First Amendment." Read More »

Chamber Blasts Senate Commerce Bill Criminalizing Product Liability Laws

September 24, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 25, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce strongly opposed legislation that would add criminal penalties to product liability laws covering auto equipment and cars, in a letter sent to Senators. "Adding criminal penalties to product liability laws will not create safer products," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "There already are numerous ways that consumers can punish companies for defective products, both through punitive damage awards in civil cases or through criminal penalties for fraud." Read More »

Chamber Applauds Milwaukee Council for Deciding Against Lead Paint Suit

September 05, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2000 - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform applauded today's decision by the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee postponing a planned lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. In a 10-7 vote, the Council members elected to postpone plans for the lawsuit, which would have claimed that lead paint manufactured decades ago had harmed city residents. Read More »

Chamber Sues Milwaukee for Stonewalling Lead Paint Records Request

August 15, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 16, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform announced today that it has filed suit against the City of Milwaukee to compel compliance with its Open Records request filed last month. The original request was to determine Milwaukee's culpability as the city considered suing former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

Chamber Calls Florida Verdict Obscene

July 13, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called today's decision by a Florida jury, awarding defendants in a tobacco case $145 billion dollars in punitive damages, "an obscene symptom of a court system that is out-of-control. "Trial lawyers have subverted the legal system for their own financial gain," said Bruce Josten, Chamber Executive Vice President. "Legitimate, but politically out-of-favor businesses have been attacked by attorneys driven by the prospect of absurd punitive damage awards." Read More »

Anti-Arbitration Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent, Warns U.S. Chamber of Commerce

June 07, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2000 - In testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, the United States Chamber of Commerce today criticized the Fairness and Voluntary Arbitration Act, H.R. 534, for undermining contracts and forcing businesses that have agreed to work through the arbitration process into the congested court system. Read More »

Chamber Supports House Judiciary Committee Asbestos Litigation Reform Bill

March 15, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today called the House Judiciary Committee's passage of the Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act (H.R. 1283) an important step toward resolving billions of dollars in compensation claims. The asbestos litigation reform bill is designed to speed settlements, unclog courts and restore a measure of predictability for affected companies. The proposal establishes federal authority to speed compensation to the hundreds of thousands of people physically harmed by asbestos. Read More »

Chamber Supports Keeping Binding Arbitration Current System Works to Settle Disputes Fairly

February 29, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called on Congress to maintain the current binding arbitration system for workplace disputes, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read More »

Chamber Says Product Liability Bill Restores Legal Fairness, Protects Small Business

February 15, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16, 2000 - Legislation passed by the House of Representatives today will reform product liability laws to protect small businesses from costly and frivolous lawsuits that could jeopardize their future, the United States Chamber of Commerce said. Read More »

Chamber Advocates Expanding Health Care Coverage Instead of Expanding Liability

February 09, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today warned Congress that American workers want and need expanded access to health care coverage and greater benefits, not expanded access to attorneys and courtrooms. "It's simple health care economics 101: lawsuits equal higher costs, which equals less coverage," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "Three out of four workers now receive health care coverage through their jobs, but new government mandates and expanded liability risks will make doing so increasingly cost prohibitive." Read More »

Chamber Urges Review of Illinois Class Action Suit

January 23, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce warned that overly lenient state courts are becoming magnets for class action litigation, in an amicus brief filed today in the Supreme Court of Illinois on behalf of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. State Farm was hit with a billion-dollar judgment after a state trial court certified a class action suit involving nearly five million plaintiffs in 48 states.< 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 »

On the Edge: New York County Asbestos Litigation at a Tipping Point

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | August 03, 2017 | Research

This report examines the history and current state of the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit of New York City's state trial court. The analysis concludes that the procedural features that have driven verdicts and settlements higher than those in other jurisdictions are likely to continue under the Revised Case Management Order, absent fresh judicial interpretation and methods of implementation that correct current problems. 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 »

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