Iowa is ranked #13 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling nine spots from 2015. Previously, Iowa had consistently ranked in the top ten. Despite this slip in the rankings, Iowa scored first in the key element category of having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements.


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  1. "Who's Behind the Curtain?": Rise of Third Party Litigation Funding

    June 04, 2018 | News

    In a Des Moines Register op-ed, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard said it is "vital that Congress recognizes the need for oversight of" third party litigation funding, "which undermines fairness and ethical practice in our courts."... Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. In the News Today - February 7, 2018

    February 07, 2018 | News

    Lawsuit Says Apple Juice Label is Deceiving; Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Says Court Funding Cuts Could Hamper Business Environment... Read More

  6. In the News Today - April 13, 2017

    April 13, 2017 | News and Blog

    The Iowa House approved legislation Wednesday that would cap financial awards in most medical malpractice lawsuits at $250,000. Additionally, the legislation, which passed 65-32, would create standards for expert witnesses testifying in medical malpractice cases.... Read More

  7. Iowa Joins Nine States, Federal Government in Combating Asbestos Fraud

    March 24, 2017 | News and Blog

    Yesterday, Iowa joined nine other states and the federal government in combatting plaintiffs' lawyers' systematic abuse of the $30 billion asbestos trust system.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - February 23, 2017

    February 23, 2017 | News and Blog

    Yesterday's edition of NBC's "Today" show featured a segment about so-called "slack fill" class action lawsuits, to which ILR responded with a media statement pointing to the release of a new report highlighting the growth in food and beverage lawsuits in America.... Read More

  9. National Coverage Continues of ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey

    September 21, 2015 | News and Blog

    "More business leaders than ever have identified a state's lawsuit climate as a significant factor in determining their growth and expansion plans. States ought to take notice that a good lawsuit climate is vital to their continued job growth," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, as quoted in a Corporate Counsel story about the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey.... Read More

  10. Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

    September 10, 2015 | Press Release

    New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot... Read More