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In the News Today - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 | Fla. Voters Want to Reform AOB System, Fla. Chamber Poll Finds; Report: Employment-Related Class Action Settlements Skyrocketed in 2017

Defense Lawyer: Subway 'Footlong' Lawsuit May Have Long-Term Impact

January 19, 2018 | While most of the legal community was focused on the landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb jurisdiction case, a Porter Wright Morris & Arthur lawyer said in Law360 the Seventh Circuit's Subway ‘Footlong' decision may also "have an outsized effect" on product liability cases.

In the News Today - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

Fla. Voters Want to Reform AOB System, Fla. Chamber Poll Finds; Report: Employment-Related Class Action Settlements Skyrocketed in 2017 Read More »

Defense Lawyer: Subway 'Footlong' Lawsuit May Have Long-Term Impact

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

While most of the legal community was focused on the landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb jurisdiction case, a Porter Wright Morris & Arthur lawyer said in Law360 the Seventh Circuit's Subway ‘Footlong' decision may also "have an outsized effect" on product liability cases. Read More »

In the News Today - January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

New Book Says Multidistrict Litigation Becoming 'More and More Deplorable'; Man Concludes Six-Figure Run By Settling 31st TCPA Lawsuit Read More »

ILR's Rickard: "ALI Shouldn't Inject Opinion" into Restatements

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

In a National Law Journal op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said the American Law Institute (ALI) has "drifted from its mission to state what the law is and moved toward advocating what certain ALI members think the law should be." Read More »

In the News Today - January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

Workplace Class Actions Soared in 2017; Windshield Replacement Anti-Fraud Proposal Clears First Senate Hurdle Read More »

2nd Circ. Offers Clarity on Shareholder Class Actions

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

The Second Circuit ruled yesterday that a judge applied the wrong standard of proof when certifying a shareholder class action, which could help clarify the standard needed to "rebut allegations that a company's misstatements directly impacted its stock price," writes Law360. Read More »

New Jersey Enacts Foreign Judgment Recognition Reform Law

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

On Monday, New Jersey enacted a law to ensure that its courts do not enforce fraudulent or abusive legal judgments made by foreign courts. Read More »

In the News Today - January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawmakers square off over profitable cottage industry; The Latest on Third-Party Litigation Financing Read More »

Fla. Official: Assignment of Benefits Abuse a "Category Five Hurricane"

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida Chief Financial Officer said unchecked assignment of benefits abuse "is literally a category five hurricane that would financially cripple the state," reports WTSP Tampa Bay. Read More »

Florida House Goes 1-for-2 on Much-Needed Legal Reform

January 12, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation today that could have big implications for the state's economy. One of those measures should be advanced immediately. The other still needs work. Read More »

In the News Today - January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

Fla. Voters Want to Reform AOB System, Fla. Chamber Poll Finds; Report: Employment-Related Class Action Settlements Skyrocketed in 2017 Read More »

Defense Lawyer: Subway 'Footlong' Lawsuit May Have Long-Term Impact

January 19, 2018 | News and Blog

While most of the legal community was focused on the landmark Bristol-Myers Squibb jurisdiction case, a Porter Wright Morris & Arthur lawyer said in Law360 the Seventh Circuit's Subway ‘Footlong' decision may also "have an outsized effect" on product liability cases. Read More »

In the News Today - January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

New Book Says Multidistrict Litigation Becoming 'More and More Deplorable'; Man Concludes Six-Figure Run By Settling 31st TCPA Lawsuit Read More »

ILR's Rickard: "ALI Shouldn't Inject Opinion" into Restatements

January 18, 2018 | News and Blog

In a National Law Journal op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said the American Law Institute (ALI) has "drifted from its mission to state what the law is and moved toward advocating what certain ALI members think the law should be." Read More »

In the News Today - January 17, 2018

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

Workplace Class Actions Soared in 2017; Windshield Replacement Anti-Fraud Proposal Clears First Senate Hurdle Read More »

2nd Circ. Offers Clarity on Shareholder Class Actions

January 17, 2018 | News and Blog

The Second Circuit ruled yesterday that a judge applied the wrong standard of proof when certifying a shareholder class action, which could help clarify the standard needed to "rebut allegations that a company's misstatements directly impacted its stock price," writes Law360. Read More »

New Jersey Enacts Foreign Judgment Recognition Reform Law

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

On Monday, New Jersey enacted a law to ensure that its courts do not enforce fraudulent or abusive legal judgments made by foreign courts. Read More »

In the News Today - January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawmakers square off over profitable cottage industry; The Latest on Third-Party Litigation Financing Read More »

Fla. Official: Assignment of Benefits Abuse a "Category Five Hurricane"

January 16, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida Chief Financial Officer said unchecked assignment of benefits abuse "is literally a category five hurricane that would financially cripple the state," reports WTSP Tampa Bay. Read More »

Florida House Goes 1-for-2 on Much-Needed Legal Reform

January 12, 2018 | News and Blog

The Florida House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation today that could have big implications for the state's economy. One of those measures should be advanced immediately. The other still needs work. Read More »

Chamber Affiliate Launches Ad Campaign To Oppose Kennedy-McCain Legislation

June 14, 2001 | Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is launching a television and print media campaign to highlight the potentially devastating impact that the Kennedy-McCain Patients' Bill of Rights legislation would have on health care coverage in America. Read More »

Chamber Calls For Swift Action On Small Business Liability Reform Bill

May 09, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called the introduction today of legislation that would help to prevent lawsuit abuse that targets small businesses, while protecting the rights of those with legitimate claims, long overdue "Small businesses too often settle lawsuits for large sums regardless of the merits, in fear of being crushed by the weight of unlimited punitive damage awards," said Thomas Donohue, Chamber President and CEO. "The legal fees alone from one lawsuit - frivolous or not - can put a small company out of business." Read More »

Chamber Seeks Information About Providence, R.I., Culpability on Lead Paint

March 25, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed Public Records Requests late Friday to determine what culpability the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and state government agencies have in the context of legal action against the former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

Chamber Targets Excessive Legal Fees

March 13, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in 21 states today, seeking all documents and contracts pertaining both to the hiring of outside counsel in tobacco litigation and to the size of the attorneys' fees. The Chamber also called on Congress to investigate the excessive legal fees. Read More »

Chamber Warns of

February 05, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 6, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Americans need better access to health care, not legislation that could potentially force employers to pull the plug on coverage for their workers. "Americans need more access to doctors, not lawyers," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "Opening the door to more health care litigation only invites more out-of-control lawsuits and staggering prices at a time of near-record health care cost inflation." 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 »

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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