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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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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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1 month 6 days ago
Above the Fold
The Uber logo is displayed on a car window in the rain.

Uber drivers know better about their circumstances than a trial lawyer. As independent contractors, they have the flexibility, control, and choice of when and where to work.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Usually when people regret drinking a beer, it's because they've had a little too much to drink. But three cheers for some trial lawyers who created an all-new way for you to regret knocking back a brewski.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Like the Avengers teaming up to fight the Universe's greatest threats -- district attorneys in four separate California counties recently teamed up to fight what they apparently saw as a threat to their citizens: The packaging on Olay skin-care products?

1 month 3 weeks ago
Press Release

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's Michigan v. EPA decision:

"The Supreme Court made it clear that EPA cannot turn a blind eye when it imposes massive costs on our economy in return for minimal environmental benefit. The decision affirms the common sense principle that Congress requires agencies to consider the consequences of regulations that they impose on businesses and consumers.

2 months 4 days ago
Op Ed

David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, penned an op-ed for USA Today entitled " 'Overbroad and unfair' liability: Opposing view." 

Discrimination is immoral and illegal, and businesses are committed to ensuring fairness in our housing, credit and other markets.

2 months 1 week ago

This coalition letter was sent to the members of the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 1927, the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015."

2 months 1 week ago

This letter was sent to the members of the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 1927, the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015," in advance of a full committee mark up on the bill tomorrow morning.

2 months 1 week ago

Above the Fold

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