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

    CommentMar 10, 2021 - 9:30am

    U.S. Chamber Comments to the ULC on the Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Data Act

    Harvey Perlman, ChairJane Bambauer, ReporterCollection and Use of Personally Identifiable DataUniform Law Commission111 N. Wabash AveSuite 1010Chicago, IL 60602 Dear Chairman Perlman and Reporter Bambauer:

    Letters to CongressMar 08, 2021 - 4:00pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act"

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, opposing H.R. 963 / S. 505, the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act.” This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

    Letters to CongressMar 08, 2021 - 12:00pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, supporting the nomination of Lisa Monaco to be Deputy Attorney General.

    ArticleMar 05, 2021 - 2:05pm

    Lawsuit Wants A Lot Of Dough Because Hawaiian Rolls Are Made In California

    A new year, a new frivolous lawsuit.

    ArticleMar 05, 2021 - 2:03pm

    Woman Sues Over Cups Of Coffee

    We have the scoop on another frivolous lawsuit.

    Letters to CongressMar 05, 2021 - 8:45am

    U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the American Rescue Plan

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the "American Rescue Plan."

    Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on Pandemic Relief and the American Rescue Plan

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on pandemic relief and the American Rescue Plan.

    Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 9:30am

    U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, on the Nomination of Merrick Garland to be Attorney General of the United States.

    Press ReleaseFeb 05, 2021 - 12:00pm

    U.S. Chamber Calls for More Resources for Antitrust Agencies

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement in response to Sen. Klobuchar’s introduction of antitrust legislation: "We look forward to engaging with Sen. Klobuchar on her proposed changes to antitrust laws. The antitrust laws have served American consumers and its economy well. Changing the legal standards for merger review, deciding who a company can do  business with, relying on fines over remedies to restore competition, and expanding private litigation will not make America’s economy more vibrant and will have far-reaching implications impacting virtually every sector of our economy. "We urge Congress to be especially mindful of the impact of changes in our antitrust laws and to focus on ensuring federal antitrust agencies have the resources to do their job consistent with the law."

    Press ReleaseFeb 03, 2021 - 9:30am

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Appoints Crystal Roberts Jezierski as Associate General Counsel

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced Crystal Roberts Jezierski has joined as Associate General Counsel and provide legal advice to a broad range of Chamber executives and employees.