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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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Expanded Use of In-House Courts Brings Criticism From SEC Alumni http://t.co/pcoh1KirX2

06/30/2015

Does this sound like someone suffering from "serious, permanent and debilitating injuries?" http://t.co/b4OSnWwmNI

06/30/2015

See more facts about how lawsuit abuse is having a devastating impact on our society: http://t.co/9bq6D68jPC

06/30/2015

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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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 days 6 hours ago
Letter

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."

1 week 1 day ago
Letter

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.

1 week 1 day ago

In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a victory for the rights of private citizens and businesses by striking down "a raisin price-support program that dates back to the New Deal, ruling it unconstitutionally requires growers to surrender their crop to the government for future sale," reports the Wall Street Journal.

1 week 1 day ago
Article

In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP agreed to a settlement to resolve claims of private economic loss, and estimates that it may cost as much as $10.3 billion dollars.

1 week 2 days ago
Letter

This letter regarding the FY16 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science.

3 weeks 1 day ago
Article

A North Carolina jury has tossed a lawsuit brought against Starbucks by a Raleigh cop who spilled hot coffee in his lap three years ago.

4 weeks 9 hours ago
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.

1 month 6 days 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 month 2 weeks 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.

1 month 2 weeks ago