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

    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.

    Letters to CongressMay 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

    Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation

    This Coalition letter was sent to Members of Congress on potential liability relief legislation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Press ReleaseMay 05, 2020 - 6:15pm

    U.S. Chamber Responds to California's Gig Economy Lawsuit Against Lyft, Uber

    In response to litigation filed by the state of California against Lyft and Uber, Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement...

    ArticleApr 01, 2020 - 12:59pm

    Who’s Funding Those Lawsuits?

    Ever wonder who’s funding those lawsuits over everyday household products and prescription drugs? Increasingly, it’s hedge funds that invest in lawsuits in exchange for a cut of any settlement or award. The practice is called “third party litigation funding,” and it’s turning our courtrooms in casinos.

    Above the FoldMar 31, 2020 - 4:45pm
    U.S. Supreme Court

    Supreme Court: Allen V. Cooper and Intellectual Property Rights 

    Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authority to revoke the sovereign immunity of states from copyright infringement lawsuits.

    ArticleMar 25, 2020 - 11:55am

    Trial Lawyers are Hungry for Big Paydays

    One hungry New Jersey couple saw a Taco Bell commercial advertising a five-dollar Chalupa Cravings Box and decided to bite. A disclaimer on the commercial said that “prices may vary,” but the couple was shocked when they ended up paying around six dollars for each chalupa box. So they’re suing Taco Bell.

    ArticleMar 25, 2020 - 11:53am

    Trial Lawyers Are Trying to Milk This Lawsuit

    Want to hear something rich? A man is suing Ben & Jerry’s for misleading consumers. Their ice cream says it comes from happy cows. But right now only part of the dairy used in their ice cream comes from farms that are part of its growing “Caring Dairy” program.

    Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

    Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

    Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

    SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

    2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

    U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.