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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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Drug Companies Seek Dismissal of Chicago's Amended 'Painkiller Marketing Lawsuit' https://t.co/HleV7mNyG4


USA Today Editorial Raises 'First Amendment Concerns' About New York AG's Exxon Probe https://t.co/pmttoyTvZA


A case of plaintiffs’ lawyers just trying to pamper themselves? https://t.co/adwuxblETl


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.


Take Action

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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E.g., 11/25/2015
E.g., 11/25/2015

This letter was sent to the members of the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 4002, the “Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015,” and H.R. 4003, the “Regulatory Reporting Act of 2015,” as the Committee prepares to markup several criminal justice reform bills tomorrow morning.

1 week 13 hours ago
Above the Fold
Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber President and CEO

You’ve got to give the trial bar credit for being innovative. It has opened up a new frontier in the litigation sweepstakes—data privacy. Cyberattacks are growing in size and frequency, more and more consumers are exposed to them, and state and federal data privacy laws are complex and increasingly antiquated.

3 weeks 1 day ago

Hugs — even those from family members — can be uncomfortable, and even unwanted. But can they be “negligent?”

That’s what one New York woman claimed in a recent bizarre and ridiculous lawsuitagainst her own nephew.

1 month 4 days ago

Andy Pincus from Mayer Brown filed the attached comments last week on behalf of the Chamber/ILR regarding the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services's proposed anti-arbitration rule for nursing homes.

1 month 5 days ago

We are writing letters to the next president to share our vision for the business community.

See our advice—and share yours—for the 45th president.