Institute for Legal Reform

The mission of the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to reduce excessive and frivolous litigation while restoring fairness and balance to the nation's civil justice system by promoting civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial and educational activities at both the national and local levels.

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

Above the FoldOct 29, 2018 - 9:00am
"Legal reform" among lottery balls.

Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Hit the Jackpot

The U.S. tort system racked up $429 billion in total costs and compensation associated with lawsuits in 2016.

EventOct 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
2018 ILR Summit Branding

2018 Legal Reform Summit

Hear from issue experts on What’s Trending including data privacy liability, the growth of collective redress in the EU, locality litigation, and trial lawyer advertising.

EventJun 04, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Graphic: "BMS Battlegrounds: Personal Jurisdiction, a Year Later"

Bristol-Myers Squibb Battlegrounds: Personal Jurisdiction, A Year Later

ILR will convene a panel of experts to discuss the practical implications of Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court and what it did (and did not do) to bring predictability to litigants defending suits across the country.

Press ReleaseApr 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not “Regulate” New Technologies

U.S. Chamber Hosts Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future Event

EventApr 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:30pm
ILR Torts of the Future 2018

2018 Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) on Wednesday, April 18, in Seattle, WA, as we explore emerging technologies and the impact of liability issues on innovation.

Above the FoldJan 02, 2018 - 4:45pm
Jelly Belly jelly beans

Here are the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017

A lawsuit claiming that Jelly Belly “deceived” a woman about the sugar in its Sport Beans product tops the list.

EventOct 25, 2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Litigation Jungle 2017 ILR Key Graphic Image

2017 Legal Reform Summit: The Litigation Jungle

Join the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform as we embark on an expedition through “The Litigation Jungle,” examining the complex and evolving litigation landscape and providing a roadmap to navigate it.

Press ReleaseOct 24, 2017 - 10:15pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule:

ReportSep 13, 2017 - 11:15am

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states’ liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses.

Above the FoldAug 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Tom Donohue and Mike Pence

Chamber Snapshots: The Second Quarter of 2017 in Photos

Tax reform, health care, regulatory reform, and international trade have all been priorities for the Chamber in the second quarter of this year. From events to testimonies and everything in between, it's been a busy season at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Scroll along to see photo highlights from the second quarter.