Michigan is ranked #22 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Although the state is ranked in the top half of the country overall, Detroit is one of the cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments.  

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In the News Today - May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 | News and Blog

House Bill 1774, a piece of legislation aimed at ending abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation, is now on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. The Institute for Legal Reform issued a statement "applauding the Texas legislature for prioritizing legal reform" and urged Gov. Abbott to sign the legislation swiftly. Read More »

Michigan Endowment to Invest in Litigation Funding

February 15, 2017 | News and Blog

The University of Michigan plans to invest $50 million with a fund co-founded by Boaz Weinstein and Lee Drucker that specializes in litigation strategy. Read More »

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 »

Delaware Court Dismisses GM Defect Shareholder Suit

July 07, 2015 | News and Blog

Delaware Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against General Motors Co. over last year's ignition switch recalls, signaling a positive outlook for the company as it stares down hundreds more cases in connection with the recalls. Read More »

In The News Today - June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014 | News and Blog

The Michigan Supreme Court this week "nixed" a state false claim lawsuit against several pharmacy companies, which claimed that the companies "overcharged Medicaid" for generic prescription drugs. Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »

ILR Exposes Michigan Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Michigan's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, which has voted to call itself the Michigan Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Chides Michigan House on Drug Bills

February 21, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Statement of Lisa A. Rickard, President of the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, on the passage of legislation by the Michigan House of Representatives vastly expanding the ability of trial lawyers to bring lawsuits against drug manufacturers: Read More »

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