Legal Reform

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.

Projects and Programs


Institute for Legal Reform

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

ArticleJan 29, 2019 - 2:55pm

The U.S. Tort System Costs How Much?

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform recently released a study that found the total costs and compensation paid into the U.S. tort system in 2016 totaled $429 billion.

ArticleJan 29, 2019 - 11:22am

Trial Lawyers Have a Cow over Vegan Butter Labeling

Trial lawyers churn out ridiculous claims in order to find their cash cow. They’ve found another one. A woman is suing a dairy-alternative company called Miyoko’s because she says its buttery vegan spread isn’t real…butter.

ArticleDec 18, 2018 - 7:55am

We found the fountain of youth in another ridiculous lawsuit!

A 69-year old man has petitioned a Dutch court to let him legally change his age to 49. He claims his birth certificate does not reflect his emotional state, and his real age makes him less desirable on dating apps. If his lawsuit succeeds, it can lead to people suing to change their age for all kinds of reasons. The judge should swipe left on this ridiculous lawsuit.

ArticleDec 18, 2018 - 7:52am

It’s time for the 2018 Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

Number 10: A man sues Starkist Tuna because its cans have the American Heart Association’s Heart Checkmark logo. He claims the logo tricks people into thinking their tuna is healthier than other brands.

ArticleNov 12, 2018 - 12:58pm

Trial Lawyers Brew Up Another Ridiculous Lawsuit

A ridiculous lawsuit is brewing in the Aloha State. Kona Hawaiian-style beer is headquartered in Hawaii, but brews its beer in other locations across the continental US. Now they are being sued for misleading consumers who claim they paid more for Kona’s beer because they thought it was made in Hawaii.

ArticleNov 11, 2018 - 1:29pm

Lawsuit Over Dried Fruit?

Hungry? Consumers are suing the maker of Kind snack bars for not containing enough fresh fruit. Their lawyers claim Kind bars “misled” consumers by dehydrating their fruit and putting “chemical-sounding terms like ascorbic acid” in their bars. And now they want a payout. Wait.

ArticleNov 02, 2018 - 7:16pm

Trial Lawyers Are Ruining Louisiana’s Way of Life

Fishing and other types of recreational sports are an important part of Louisiana’s culture. But the “Sportsman’s Paradise” is turning into a litigation nightmare. Trial lawyers are clogging up the court system with an endless stream of lawsuits.

ArticleOct 29, 2018 - 5:39pm

Ridiculous Soda Lawsuit Leaves a Bad Taste

Take a big gulp because another example of lawsuit abuse is bubbling to the surface. A woman is suing Canada Dry Ginger Ale for not containing ginger. But Canada Dry lists the ingredients on every can. The woman claims the company’s ads made her believe that Canada Dry was a healthier option over other soda.

ArticleOct 29, 2018 - 5:35pm

Trial Lawyers Want $5 Million Over Unwanted Cheese

Trial lawyers are cooking up an extra cheesy lawsuit in Florida. Two South Floridians don’t want cheese on their Quarter Pounders, and they think they should pay less for their Quarter Pounder orders when they visit McDonald’s restaurants.

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.