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

Letters to CongressSep 22, 2021 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 1787, the “State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021”

This Hill letter was sent to Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing S. 1787, the “State Antitrust Enforcement Venue Act of 2021.”

Letters to CongressSep 21, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the FY22 NDAA

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Letters to CongressMay 18, 2021 - 10:45am

Coalition Letter on H.R. 963, and S. 505, the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, opposing H.R. 963, and S. 505, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act."

Letters to CongressApr 19, 2021 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the Nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General of the United States.

Letters to CongressMar 10, 2021 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the Nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, supporting the nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General of the United States.

CommentMar 10, 2021 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Comments to the ULC on the Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Data Act

Harvey Perlman, ChairJane Bambauer, ReporterCollection and Use of Personally Identifiable DataUniform Law Commission111 N. Wabash AveSuite 1010Chicago, IL 60602 Dear Chairman Perlman and Reporter Bambauer:

Letters to CongressMar 08, 2021 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, supporting the nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General.

Letters to CongressMar 05, 2021 - 8:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the American Rescue Plan

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the "American Rescue Plan."

Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Pandemic Relief and the American Rescue Plan

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on pandemic relief and the American Rescue Plan.

Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, on the Nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General of the United States.