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Legal Reform

Every American who has been legitimately wronged deserves his or her day in court. The U.S. Chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform are working every day to make our legal system faster, simpler, and fairer. We are fighting those who abuse the system for their own personal gain, clog the courts with meritless lawsuits, and undermine our right to due process.

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.@NJCivilJustice provides defense of consumer arbitration: https://t.co/IbEbEBf5Vh

04/29/2016

TCPA Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Campaign https://t.co/ltUj9yf1dK

04/29/2016

Missouri Legislature Sends "Daubert Standard" Legislation to Governor https://t.co/lzD17BknZ7

04/29/2016

Our Position

A Dubious Honor

The United States is the world leader in lawsuits, which cost the U.S. economy $264 billion per year— or about $850 per year for every man, woman, and child in the United States.

America has the costliest legal system in the world. Lawsuits cost the U.S. economy $264 billion per year, or about $850 per year for every man, woman, and child in the United States. The ultimate victims of lawsuit abuse are consumers and workers who suffer from higher prices and lost jobs and benefits.
 
Businesses also suffer—not only from the costs of fighting sometimes frivolous lawsuits, but also when government agencies deny their rights to due process. America’s enforcement system has turned into a shakedown operation where regulators find a company that may or may not have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin; and force them to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement where nobody can check the details.
 
To ensure all Americans—workers and employers—get the justice they deserve, we need to reform our legal and enforcement systems. Our legal reform agenda includes the following:

  • Reforming legal systems in key problem states and jurisdictions
  • Raising public awareness of the impact of lawsuit abuse on our economy, our citizens, and our global competitiveness.
  • Preserving the availability of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that would reduce the number of lawsuits and their costs while ensuring justice is served.
  • Reforming the medical tort system to make costs more affordable and predictable.
  • Supporting class action reform and opposing efforts to weaken the Class Action Fairness Act.
  • Educating the public on important state judicial and attorney general races.

 

Hurting Small Businesses

Litigation costs small businesses in America over $100 billion per year.

When it comes to our enforcement system, it must:

  • Be rules based and transparent.
  • Eliminate incentives for officials, regulators, and plaintiff’s lawyers to press settlements that work to their personal and political advantage.
  • Ensure that enforcement is fair, clear, and respects due process.

 

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Legal reform is a key component of the U.S. Chamber's Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda - an ambitious plan to generate stronger, more robust economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunity for all Americans. 

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Event

This Symposium will address the rise of overcriminalization, the inappropriate criminalization of what are truly civil, regulatory or administrative problems, and the pressures associated with enforcement against businesses and corporate individuals.

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Testimony

Attached is the final version of the Chamber’s/ILR’s testimony submitted in advance of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Administrative Law’s Thursday hearing on enforcement slush funds (practice of DOJ using lawsuit settlements to funnel money to outside third party groups).

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Students take the SAT in hopes of going to college and getting a good education, but some New Jersey students are getting a first-hand lesson in the ins and outs of the legal system – all due to a simple typo.

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Article

class="p1">They say that walking under a ladder will bring a person bad luck.

class="p3"> class="s1">Apparently, walking into that same ladder while texting will bring you a pot of gold … or, $161,000, to be exact.

class="p3"> class="s1">That’s what happened for DeToya Moody.

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Issue Brief
Arbitration is an important means of resolving disputes that provides significant benefits to consumers and businesses. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (“CCMC”) and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (“ILR”) explained in detail in comments to the CFPB,1 arbitration of consumer disputes has been common practice for decades; there are perhaps hundreds of millions of consumer contracts currently in force that include arbitration agreements—many of them relating to consumer financial products or services.
 
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