Legal Reform

An effective legal system is critical to advancing free enterprise. Unfortunately, many lawsuits in this country lack merit or are downright abusive. Making matters worse, the lawyers who bring these types of suits tend to be the real beneficiaries—not their clients. To be sure, economic data show that the U.S. tort system in 2016 alone cost $3,329 per U.S. household, and only 57 cents on the dollar went to compensate the actual victim.

Projects and Programs



Institute for Legal Reform

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is the most influential legal reform organization in the country.  ILR effectively executes unmatched advocacy initiatives that reach into state, federal, and international arenas and cover a wide breadth of issues, including the following: 

  • Repairing our broken class action lawsuit system, such as the recent massive spike in securities class action litigation.
  • Curbing the rising trend of over-enforcement from state and federal actors that engage in irrational, duplicative, and politically motivated enforcement actions.
  • Enacting meaningful legal reforms at the state level, particularly in problematic jurisdictions like Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and West Virginia.
  • Working within the EU to contain and improve major pending legislation that would expand U.S.-style class actions to Europe.
  • Eliminating the fraud that permeates asbestos litigation.
  • Modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to reflect rapid changes in technology and prevent trial lawyers from using this broad language to file frivolous lawsuits.
  • Fighting against the expansion of the multibillion Third Party Litigation Funding (TPLF) industry here in the U.S. and globally.
  • Spotlighting the problems when municipalities team up with private attorneys to bring mass and class action lawsuits.
  • Raising public awareness of the impact of lawsuit abuse on businesses through ILR’s Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign.

Recent Activity

ArticleSep 18, 2019 - 3:30pm

What Did People in Missouri Think About Their State’s Lawsuit Climate?

First, the bad news: Missouri ranked 44 out of 50 in this year’s survey of the fifty state lawsuit climates. The good news? This is an improvement from its ranking of 49 in 2017’s survey. What’s more, Missouri is on the verge of turning the corner for the better on its lawsuit climate because its legislature has made real reforms just this year.

ArticleSep 18, 2019 - 3:28pm

What Did People in Illinois Think About Their State’s Lawsuit Climate?

“I’m not surprised.” That was one man’s reaction when he learned that Illinois ranked dead last on the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.

ArticleSep 18, 2019 - 3:26pm

What Did People in California Think About Their State’s Lawsuit Climate?

When it comes to competitions, California typically excels. The Warriors have won three NBA titles since 2015. The Dodgers have made back-to-back World Series appearances. The Los Angeles Rams were a Super Bowl team last year.

ArticleSep 18, 2019 - 3:24pm

What Did People in Florida Think About Their State’s Lawsuit Climate?

We’ve seen our fair share of Florida lawsuits on this website. The ant bites. Even a donkey.

ArticleSep 18, 2019 - 2:02pm

2019 Faces of Lawsuit Abuse Harris Campaign

ILR’s Faces of Lawsuit Abuse hosts traveled across America to ask folks their opinions about our lawsuit culture and where their state ranked.Can you pick the fake lawsuit?

Letters to CongressSep 10, 2019 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 1423, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act)"

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on the Judiciary, opposing H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act)."

Letters to CongressSep 09, 2019 - 5:45pm

Coalition Letter on H.R. 1423, "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

This Coalition letter was sent to the U.S. Congress, opposing H.R. 1423, the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act."

Letters to CongressAug 30, 2019 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on NDAA Conference Negotiations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Armed Services and Senate Armed Services committees, on conference negotiations for the National Defense Authorization Act.

ArticleAug 20, 2019 - 11:39am

Colorado Business Owner Fights Abusive Lawsuit

Michael Abbondanza owns the Riverbend Eatery in Bailey, Colorado. But he also carries another title besides small business owner: lawsuit abuse victim. Michael was the victim of an abusive Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit soon after he opened up his restaurant.

ArticleAug 15, 2019 - 10:22am

Game Over for Fortnite?! Only if Trial Lawyers Get Their Way

Last year, the game Fortnite held a dance competition for players to win a chance to have their dance moves used in the game. One entrant quickly became a fan favorite. His fellow players petitioned Fortnite to use his dance—and won! The rules made it clear that players weren’t going to be paid, and that Fortnite has the right to use it for publicity.