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.

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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

    Letters to CongressJun 23, 2020 - 3:45pm

    Coalition Letter on Policing Reform

    This Coalition letter was sent with 100 signatories, on legislation related to policing reform.

    Letters to CongressJun 19, 2020 - 12:15pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on Policing Reform Legislation

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation relating to policing reform.

    Above the FoldJun 15, 2020 - 10:30am
    Female business owner wearing mask

    Small Business Owners Speak Out Over Liability Concerns Amid COVID-19 

    As businesses reopen, small business owners are becoming increasingly concerned with potential liability challenges amid COVID-19.

    ArticleJun 11, 2020 - 4:45pm

    Small Business Owners Fear Potential COVID Lawsuits: A Series

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for many is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. Without liability protections, many small business owners could face a hard choice: permanently stay closed or reopen and risk a business-crippling lawsuit.

    ArticleJun 11, 2020 - 9:19am

    Small Business Owners Voice Worry About COVID Lawsuits

    Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for many is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. Without liability protections, many small business owners could face a hard choice: permanently stay closed or reopen and risk a business-crippling lawsuit.

    Letters to CongressJun 08, 2020 - 1:30pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on Policing Reform

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress on legislation relating to policing reform.

    ArticleJun 05, 2020 - 12:48pm

    Trial Lawyers Take a Swing at Tiger Woods

    What’s worse than a triple bogey? We’ve got another ridiculous lawsuit. A Florida man claims that Tiger Woods and his caddy “unnecessarily” and “harmfully” shoved him out of the way while he was taking a selfie of the golf star at the thirteenth hole of a golf tournament.

    ArticleJun 01, 2020 - 3:09pm

    Louisiana: The Lawsuit Paradise Series

    Faces of Lawsuit Abuse presents 

    Above the FoldMay 27, 2020 - 4:00pm
    Sabre-Farelogix antitrust case

    What the Sabre-Farelogix Case Tells Us About the Future Of Antitrust Law

    Various antitrust jurisdictions across the globe are considering big changes to their antitrust laws that could stray from sound economics.

    Letters to CongressMay 27, 2020 - 9:30am

    Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation In Response to the Pandemic

    This Coalition letter was sent to Congress advocating for temporary liability relief legislation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.