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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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Women Sustain "Scratches" in NYC Explosion, File $40 Million Lawsuit http://t.co/MwAolLlQP1

04/28/2015

Some business owners ignore negative Yelp reviews and some business owners apparently choose a different path. http://t.co/yz40dNNNdX

04/28/2015

Enforcement Slush Funds: Funding Federal and State Agencies with Enforcement Proceeds http://t.co/0jPPsBZoLb

04/28/2015

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

Actress Mila Kunis came to fame starring in "That 70's Show."

But a ridiculous lawsuit stemming from her childhood in the 1980's has her exclaiming, "I would never steal someone else's chicken. I wouldn't!"

1 day 3 hours ago
Blog

Chevron/Ecuador: The “Legal Fraud of the Century” in 3 Minutes

The Wall Street Journal already gave it a title: "The Legal Fraud of the Century."

4 weeks 40 min ago
Article

The cost of lawsuit abuse, and the agony that abusive lawsuits can cause, might be enough to keep some people up at night. But what about a ridiculous lawsuit that started because of lost sleep?

4 weeks 6 hours ago
Article

"My son was injured at football practice about two weeks before the season began," said South Carolina resident and parent Neal Kinard. "He's an offensive lineman and he was blocking the defensive nose guard. A linebacker came rushing through the gap and hit the side of his knee and basically his knee bent the way it's not supposed to bend."

4 weeks 1 day ago
Article

Americans love raisins. So much, in fact, that during the Great Depression, the U.S. government created a program to ensure the availability of this shriveled, sun-sweetened snack.

1 month 2 days ago