Utah ranked #12 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, sliding two positions from 2015. Utah ranked #5 in the key element category of overall treatment of tort and contract litigation, #6 in treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits, #6 in damages, and #3 in discovery.

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AG Reyes Says GC's Should Engage with Prosecutors at Event Co-Hosted by ILR

March 30, 2017 | News and Blog

During an event co-hosted by ILR and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center, Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes provided "practical tips" for company lawyers on how to work with state prosecutors, writes the National Law Journal. Read More »

State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

March 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Attorney General of Utah, Sean Reyes, has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts in an effort to get them to comply with civil investigative demands that more than a dozen states have sent to the trusts. These demands seek information on whether the trusts are squandering money and failing to reimburse states for Medicare and Medicaid expenditures. Read More »

In the News Today - April 1, 2016

April 01, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR Applauds Signing of Utah Law to Curb Asbestos Fraud: "Utah's new law aimed at stopping plaintiffs' lawyer 'double dipping' is a significant step toward fighting asbestos lawsuit abuse," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Utah Law to Curb Asbestos Fraud

March 31, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Utah Governor Gary Herbert signing into law a bill to curb "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system. Read More »

Add Tennessee, Utah to the Growing List of States Combating Asbestos Fraud

March 17, 2016 | News and Blog

Last week, the Tennessee and Utah Legislatures each passed bills designed to stop the growing threat of fraud on asbestos trusts and keep true asbestos victims from being prey to plaintiffs' lawyers. Read More »

In the News Today - March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016 | News and Blog

Where Did All the Federal Mortgage Settlement/Find Money Go? From a new horse barn at the New York State Fair to subsidized email accounts for Delaware police officers, the Wall Street Journal provides an analysis of where the $110 billion in mortgage-related federal settlements and fines paid by big banks has been spent. Read More »

Utah House Committee Advances Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill

March 03, 2016 | News and Blog

The Utah House Business and Labor Committee voted 7-3 to advance Rep. Brad Wilson's asbestos trust transparency bill to the full House. 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 »

In the News Today - April 1, 2015

April 01, 2015 | News and Blog

"Governor Herbert has helped Utah take a significant step to rein in the troublesome practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers. Such schemes enrich lawyers at the expense of taxpayers and raise concerns about 'pay-to-play,' conflicts of interest, the use of a public entity for personal gain, and fairness in prosecutions," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the signing of Utah's outside counsel sunshine law. (ILR Press Release) Read More »

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