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

    Press ReleaseSep 15, 2020 - 1:15pm

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls Problem Solvers Caucus COVID Relief Legislation a ‘Serious Proposal to Achieve a Much-Needed Bipartisan Solution’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today on the Problem Solvers Caucus COVID relief package proposal. 

    Letters to CongressSep 10, 2020 - 10:00am

    U.S. Chamber Letter on COVID-19 Relief, a Substitute Amendment to S. 178

    This Hill letter was sent to the United States Senate on the Substitute Amendment to S. 178, known as the COVID-19 "Skinny Bill."

    Op EdAug 07, 2020 - 10:00am

    KIM: Our Economy Can’t Wait. Congress Must Pass The SAFE TO WORK Act

    The SAFE TO WORK Act would also protect our frontline health care workers and facilities from excessive litigation. These men and women have put their own lives at risk over the past few months fighting the virus on long shifts with little sleep; the least Congress can do is make sure they don’t need to worry about getting sued too.

    Letters to CongressJul 30, 2020 - 3:30pm

    Coalition Letter on Coronavirus Liability Protections

    This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation related to liability protections for businesses relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Letters to CongressJul 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021""

    This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on H.R. 6395, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

    Letters to CongressJul 16, 2020 - 9:45am

    U.S. Chamber Letter on the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

    This Hill letter was sent to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

    Letters to CongressJun 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

    U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 4049, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021”

    This letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate on S. 4049, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

    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.