Institute for Legal Reform

The mission of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to champion a fair legal system that promotes economic growth and opportunity.

An effective legal system is critical to advancing free enterprise. Unfortunately, many lawsuits in this country lack merit or are downright abusive. Making matters worse, the lawyers who bring these types of suits tend to be the real beneficiaries—not their clients. To be sure, economic data show that the U.S. tort system in 2016 alone cost $3,329 per U.S. household, and only 57 cents on the dollar went to compensate the actual victim.

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is the most influential legal reform organization in the country.  ILR effectively executes unmatched advocacy initiatives that reach into state, federal, and international arenas and cover a wide breadth of issues, including the following: 

  • Repairing our broken class action lawsuit system, such as the recent massive spike in securities class action litigation.
  • Curbing the rising trend of over-enforcement from state and federal actors that engage in irrational, duplicative, and politically motivated enforcement actions.
  • Enacting meaningful legal reforms at the state level, particularly in problematic jurisdictions like Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia.
  • Working within the EU to contain and improve major pending legislation that would expand U.S.-style class actions to Europe.
  • Eliminating the fraud that permeates asbestos litigation.
  • Modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to reflect rapid changes in technology and prevent trial lawyers from using this broad language to file frivolous lawsuits.
  • Fighting against the expansion of the multibillion Third Party Litigation Funding (TPLF) industry here in the U.S. and globally.
  • Spotlighting the problems when municipalities team up with private attorneys to bring mass and class action lawsuits.
  • Raising public awareness of the impact of lawsuit abuse on businesses through ILR’s Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign.

Recent Activity

EventOct 20, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:50pm
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Institute for Legal Reform Summit 2020: Future in Focus

Recognized as the nation’s preeminent legal reform symposium, Summit 2020 will gather top legal minds, business and industry leaders, government officials, and the media to explore pressing legal topics and their impact on the global business community.

Press ReleaseSep 15, 2020 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls Problem Solvers Caucus COVID Relief Legislation a ‘Serious Proposal to Achieve a Much-Needed Bipartisan Solution’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today on the Problem Solvers Caucus COVID relief package proposal. 

Op EdAug 07, 2020 - 10:00am

KIM: Our Economy Can’t Wait. Congress Must Pass The SAFE TO WORK Act

The SAFE TO WORK Act would also protect our frontline health care workers and facilities from excessive litigation. These men and women have put their own lives at risk over the past few months fighting the virus on long shifts with little sleep; the least Congress can do is make sure they don’t need to worry about getting sued too.

Letters to CongressJul 30, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Letter on Coronavirus Liability Protections

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation related to liability protections for businesses relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2020 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Above the FoldJun 15, 2020 - 10:30am
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Small Business Owners Speak Out Over Liability Concerns Amid COVID-19 

As businesses reopen, small business owners are becoming increasingly concerned with potential liability challenges amid COVID-19.

Letters to CongressMay 27, 2020 - 9:30am

Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation In Response to the Pandemic

This Coalition letter was sent to Congress advocating for temporary liability relief legislation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the NewsApr 07, 2020 - 2:45pm

Fighting the onslaught of COVID-19 lawsuits

On Friday, USA Today published an important story about how potentially massive amounts of COVID-19 litigation by plaintiffs’ lawyers could threaten our economic stability and recovery. My colleague Harold Kim, president of the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, and I offered key insights about the forthcoming litigation wave. The Litigation Center team and our partners will be blogging frequently about COVID-19 legal and litigation trends. We look forward to hearing from each of you about what we can do to help.