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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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Lawsuits vs. schools... See who is ultimately paying the price of abusive lawsuits: http://t.co/qG9zIsRx4F

05/27/2015

#Texas legislature passes asbestos trust transparency bill. http://t.co/MtEisNSSjI

05/27/2015

SEC "whistleblowers" short-selling the companies on which they blew the whistle? http://t.co/5b5N6f0yMF

05/27/2015

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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Article

Higher education can be stressful. But is that a reason to sue your school?

That's exactly what one nursing student at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania is doing after twice failing a required course.

2 days 6 hours ago
Article

Imagine the situation: Your child is invited to a birthday party, but then has a chance to spend a getaway with grandma and grandpa.

… and then you’re threatened with a lawsuit because your child didn’t attend the party.

1 week 6 days ago
Article

Some called it the "Fight of the Century" -- undefeated Floyd Mayweather against eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. After years of anticipation, fan fervor was at a fever pitch, with some fans reportedly paying as much as $350,000 per ticket to watch the May 2nd match live at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

2 weeks 9 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding the FY16 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee.

2 weeks 1 day ago
Letter

This letter supporting H.R. 526, the "Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2015," was sent to the Members of the House Judiciary Committee.

2 weeks 1 day ago
Article

One Virginia teenager has taken her efforts from the volleyball court to the court of law -- with her family filing a lawsuit against the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association after she claims it "blocked" her from playing with another team, reports

3 weeks 3 days ago
Testimony

John Beisner of Skadden is testifying on behalf of the U.S. Chamber and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform at April 29 House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on H.R. 1927, the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015."

4 weeks 1 day ago