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

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.

ReportJul 23, 2019 - 11:45am
2019 Rule of Law Dashboard Report Cover

The Global Rule of Law and Business Dashboard 2019

The Rule of Law Dashboard provides users with an easy-to-understand yet statistically credible meta-measure of the rule of law environment as it relates to business.

ArticleJul 22, 2019 - 7:39pm

NBA Player’s Lawyers Tried to Game the System

Millionaire ex-NBA basketball player David West and his lawyers tried to game the legal system. West’s $45 million contract with the New Orleans Hornets was almost up when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010.

CommentJun 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

ILR Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Consent Decrees

Comments submitted to the Federal Trade Commission in connection with hearings on competition and consumer protection in the 21st century.

ArticleJun 10, 2019 - 5:30pm

Does This Ridiculous Lawsuit Scare You?!

A woman sued New York City claiming she fell down the stairs after being scared by a Dexter poster in a subway station! The case was eventually thrown out….five years after she filed suit. We asked people on the streets of New York City what they thought about this ridiculous lawsuit.

ArticleMay 17, 2019 - 8:50am

Frivolous or Frightening?

A woman sued New York City claiming she fell down the stairs after being scared by a Dexter poster in a subway station!

Letters to CongressMay 16, 2019 - 9:45am

Coalition Letter Opposing Bills on Arbitration

This Coalition letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives opposing a slate of bills on arbitration.