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

Letters to CongressSep 17, 2019 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 1423, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act."

Letters to CongressSep 10, 2019 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 1423, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act)"

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary, opposing H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act)."

Letters to CongressSep 09, 2019 - 5:45pm

Coalition Letter on H.R. 1423, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the U.S. Congress, opposing H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act."

Letters to CongressAug 30, 2019 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on NDAA Conference Negotiations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Armed Services and Senate Armed Services committees, on conference negotiations for the National Defense Authorization Act.

CommentJun 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

ILR Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Consent Decrees

Comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission in connection with hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century.

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.