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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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A #homebuilder, targeted by a patent troll looking to cash in, decided to fight back. Watch his story: http://t.co/L8ZFog7b6o


The Nevada Supreme Court upheld major provisions of the state's medical malpractice law. http://t.co/y2Me353FAC


Metropolitan Corporate Counsel spotlights ILR’s 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings. http://t.co/SbJh817oPV


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., 10/06/2015
E.g., 10/06/2015

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's preeminent global legal reform symposium will feature current trends such as data privacy liability, the spread of class actions globally, and over-enforcement. Speakers will discuss problems, offer solutions, and highlight future trends in a new and engaging event format.

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As opportunities for advancing their liability-expanding agenda in Congress have dimmed, plaintiffs’-lawyer lobbyists have focused their influence on the Executive Branch, starting with the current Administration. Very quietly, but rather successfully, the lawsuit industry has pursued its policy goals through federal agencies while attracting very little attention. We call this effort the Trial Lawyer Underground. The purpose of this report is to shine a public light on a hidden practice that affects all Americans.

5 days 20 hours ago

Rio Sabadicci’s company is the creator of the Vinturi Aerator — a product that allows you to aerate your wine before sipping.

Unfortunately, his company was recently sued — not for the actual product, but because of its “Made in the USA” label.

6 days 17 hours ago

Testimony being provided by Cary Silverman, a partner at Shook Hardy, on behalf of ILR and the Chamber dealing with the issue of fraudulent joinder in civil litigation. The testimony is for a hearing scheduled for Tuesday September 29th before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

6 days 22 hours ago

75 percent of attorneys at U.S. companies say a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact important business decisions at their company, including where to locate or expand according to a new survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). That is an 18 percent increase from eight years ago, and an all-time high.

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The environment in states impacts decisions on where to locate, expand.

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Arkansas’ lawsuit climate has worsened in recent years and now ranks number 41 out of 50 states according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). That’s a drop of six places since the survey was last conducted in 2012.

3 weeks 5 days ago

Louisiana’s lawsuit climate is the second worst in the country at number 49 out of 50 according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

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