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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. 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. 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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Chamber Urges Review of Illinois Class Action Suit

    January 24, 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

  11. Chamber Calls Trial Lawyer Political Contributions a Wake-Up Call for Business

    January 24, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2000 - The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform says a new website, "Tracking the Trial Lawyers," tracks how trial lawyers are pouring massive contributions into political campaigns to prevent the election of pro-legal reform candidates.... 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