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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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Wal-Mart Beats Shareholder Appeal over FCPA Allegations https://t.co/vLD4NeAj2I

07/26/2016

Minnesota Considering a Shift to Daubert Standard? https://t.co/xzqcrFk872

07/26/2016

Troubling 'Unclaimed Property' Bill Sits on @GovRauner's Desk https://t.co/ALEYAkU6xe

07/26/2016

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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Article

SoulCycle may be a trendy hit with celebrities and exercise fanatics across the country, but it’s safe to say that Carmen Farias isn’t a fan.

1 week 6 days ago
Article

If you’ve ever sold anything on Craigslist, you know that it’s typically a quick and easy way to part with stuff you don’t want anymore.

But for Doug Costello of Massachusetts it was anything but quick and easy.  Selling a $40 printer turned into a six-year long legal nightmare that saw him facing a judgement for $30,000 in damages.

1 week 6 days ago
Testimony

Testimony being given on behalf of ILR by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey before the House Judiciary Committee's Executive Overreach Task Force.

2 weeks 6 hours ago
Comment

Yesterday, the Chamber, ILR, Pharma and AdvaMed submitted the attached joint comment letter to the Railroad Retirement Board on their proposed changes to penalties under the False Claims Act.

3 weeks 5 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee opposing S. 3042, the “Justice for Servicemembers Act of 2016,” which would make it harder for servicemembers to obtain relief pursuant to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by effectively eliminating arbitration as an available means of resolving USERRA disputes. The Committee is holding a hearing on the bill this afternoon.

3 weeks 6 days ago
Article

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1 month 3 days ago
Article

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1 month 3 days ago
Report

American society benefits when the legal system is used as intended by our Founders—to prosecute and punish genuine wrongdoers whose actions have violated the law and caused injury or damage, guided by due process and the Eighth Amendment principle that the punishment should fit the crime.

However, recent events have shown that government enforcement actions increasingly overstep reasonable bounds.

Article

As a BP engineer, Kurt Mix played a key role killing the Macondo Well during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

He and a team of seasoned engineers worked tirelessly for nearly 90 days with little sleep and no time off.

2 months 1 day ago