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Legal Reform

Every American who has been legitimately wronged deserves his or her day in court.

The U.S. Chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform are working every day to make our legal system faster, simpler, and fairer. We are fighting those who abuse the system for their own personal gain, clog the courts with meritless lawsuits, and undermine our right to due process.

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ReportSep 13, 2017 - 11:15am

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states’ liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses.

ReportMay 26, 2016 - 3:15pm
Enforcement Gone Amok Report Cover

Enforcement Gone Amok: The Many Faces of Over-Enforcement in the United States

American society benefits when the legal system is used as intended by our Founders—to prosecute and punish genuine wrongdoers whose actions have violated the law and caused injury or damage, guided by due process and the Eighth Amendment principle that the punishment should fit the crime.

ReportSep 30, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Trial Lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch

As opportunities for advancing their liability-expanding agenda in Congress have dimmed, plaintiffs’-lawyer lobbyists have focused their influence on the Executive Branch, starting with the current Administration. Very quietly, but rather successfully, the lawsuit industry has pursued its policy goals through federal agencies while attracting very little attention. We call this effort the Trial Lawyer Underground. The purpose of this report is to shine a public light on a hidden practice that affects all Americans.

ReportOct 26, 2010 - 8:00pm

Cy Pres: A Not So Charitable Contribution to Class Action Practice

October 27, 2010 SUMMARY Cy pres awards in class actions engender a multitude of ethical and conflict of interest problems for judges, defendants, plaintiffs and absent class members. Use of the cy pres doctrine in litigation also raises questions about whether courts should be making charitable contribution designations.

ReportJul 07, 2010 - 8:00pm

Tort Liability Costs for Small Business

July 2, 2010 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY