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

ArticleNov 11, 2018 - 1:29pm

Lawsuit Over Dried Fruit?

Hungry? Consumers are suing the maker of Kind snack bars for not containing enough fresh fruit. Their lawyers claim Kind bars “misled” consumers by dehydrating their fruit and putting “chemical-sounding terms like ascorbic acid” in their bars. And now they want a payout. Wait.

ArticleOct 29, 2018 - 5:39pm

Ridiculous Soda Lawsuit Leaves a Bad Taste

Take a big gulp because another example of lawsuit abuse is bubbling to the surface. A woman is suing Canada Dry Ginger Ale for not containing ginger. But Canada Dry lists the ingredients on every can. The woman claims the company’s ads made her believe that Canada Dry was a healthier option over other soda.

ArticleOct 29, 2018 - 5:35pm

Trial Lawyers Want $5 Million Over Unwanted Cheese

Trial lawyers are cooking up an extra cheesy lawsuit in Florida. Two South Floridians don’t want cheese on their Quarter Pounders, and they think they should pay less for their Quarter Pounder orders when they visit McDonald’s restaurants.

Above the FoldOct 29, 2018 - 9:00am
"Legal reform" among lottery balls.

Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Hit the Jackpot

The U.S. tort system racked up $429 billion in total costs and compensation associated with lawsuits in 2016.

EventOct 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
2018 ILR Summit Branding

2018 Legal Reform Summit

Hear from issue experts on What’s Trending including data privacy liability, the growth of collective redress in the EU, locality litigation, and trial lawyer advertising.

ArticleSep 14, 2018 - 12:53pm

Something Smells Rotten: Man Suing Starkist Tuna over a Logo

Something smells rotten in New York…and it’s another ridiculous lawsuit. A man is suing Starkist Tuna over the American Heart Association’s Heart Checkmark logo the company displays on its cans. The lawsuit claims the logo misleads customers into thinking Starkist Tuna is healthier than other brands.

ArticleJun 25, 2018 - 1:30pm

This Case Bites: Man files lawsuit after fire ants bite him

It’s the case that’s been called “the poster child for everything that’s wrong with America’s lawsuit system” and a case that legal experts agree should have been thrown out of court.

ArticleJun 25, 2018 - 12:10pm

Taco Tuesday, Lawsuit Wednesday: Mexican restaurant targeted by baseless lawsuit

In 2000, Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime del Campo opened La Casita Mexicana, in Bell, California. They wanted to provide a taste of Mexican culture to residents of the predominantly Latino city located just outside of Los Angeles. Running a small business is difficult and, unfortunately, lawsuit abuse is one challenge faced by far too many small business owners.

EventJun 04, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Graphic: "BMS Battlegrounds: Personal Jurisdiction, a Year Later"

Bristol-Myers Squibb Battlegrounds: Personal Jurisdiction, A Year Later

ILR will convene a panel of experts to discuss the practical implications of Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court and what it did (and did not do) to bring predictability to litigants defending suits across the country.

Press ReleaseApr 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not “Regulate” New Technologies

U.S. Chamber Hosts Emerging Technologies and Torts of the Future Event