May 26, 2016 | This paper documents compelling examples of over-enforcement abuses, and offers details of the wide-ranging and interrelated ways government enforcement actions impact American businesses.
May 26, 2016 | This paper examines the recent release of the Yates Memo, changes to the U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM), and the complicated landscape for business compliance and cooperation.
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This report highlights examples of the quiet and effective influence the American Association for Justice, the organization that lobbies on behalf of the plaintiffs' bar, exerts within the Executive Branch. Read More »
The 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, the tenth fielding of the survey, explores how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses, and aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »
101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice
101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems offers some of the many options available to foster a sound legal system. It considers fair and effective measures to improve the litigation process, promote rational liability rules, and rein in excessive awards. Read More »
This paper explores the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court's Kiobel decision on Alien Tort Statute (ATS) litigation in lower courts, and how lower courts have struggled to determine whether Kiobel permits U.S. corporations to be sued under the ATS for alleged torts in foreign countries. Read More »
This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from the latest of ILR's research on enforcement slush funds, Canadian class actions, emerging litigation trends and theories from the plaintiffs' bar, and recent state tort law rulings. Read More »
This paper addresses the growing practice of federal law enforcement officials and state attorneys general using public money generated from litigation settlements for their own use or for their preferred projects and charities. Read More »
This paper expounds upon notable developments in Canadian class actions and provides commentary on how businesses facing putative class actions in Canada can best defend against these lawsuits and participate in potential opportunities for reform. Read More »
This report, authored by a distinguished group of practitioners, explores the evolving lawsuit "ecosystem." It considers how plaintiffs' lawyers generate litigation and significant developments that will spur more lawsuits or rein in excessive liability. Read More »
This report highlights significant tort law decisions over the past three years that are examples of particularly sound or unsound rulings. Each analysis examines the tort law principles involved, whether the court followed or deviated from these principles, and the court's reasoning in reaching its decision. Read More »