The U.S. Chamber works to end lawsuit abuse and ensure that businesses receive the fair, efficient, and consistent justice system they deserve.
- America’s civil justice system is the world’s most expensive, with a direct cost in 2010 of $264.6 billion, or 1.82% of U.S. GDP.
- The tort cost per person was $857 in 2010, a sevenfold increase from 1950 when adjusted for inflation.
- Lawsuits cost small businesses $105.4 billion in 2008—money that could be invested in more jobs, higher wages, or better benefits.
- 70% of senior executives and litigators at America’s largest employers believe that the litigation environment in a state is likely to impact important business decisions at their companies, including whether to grow jobs or do business in a state. That is a 13% increase from 2007.
The Chamber’s Plan to Achieve Legal Reform
- Expose lawsuit abuse and advance commonsense reforms that will reduce the costly drag on the American economy.
- Stand up for American business in the courts, enforce legal ethics rules, and ensure damage awards are fair and equitable.
- Advance commonsense legislative reforms and challenge overzealous regulators in the courts at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Monitor the development and prevent the spread of problematic litigation trends around the world.
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Legal Reformers Must Act to Heal the Lawsuit System
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