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

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.

Above the FoldJan 02, 2018 - 4:45pm
Jelly Belly jelly beans

Here are the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017

A lawsuit claiming that Jelly Belly “deceived” a woman about the sugar in its Sport Beans product tops the list.

Above the FoldNov 06, 2017 - 9:00am
The Chamber applauds the repeal of the CFPB's arbitration rule

A Victory for Consumers—and for Justice

The repeal of the anti-arbitration rule is a major step in the right direction. It is a victory for consumers and businesses of all sizes.

Above the FoldSep 13, 2017 - 10:45am
Judge's gavel on top of $100 bills.

Where Does Your State’s Legal Climate Rank?

South Dakota has the best legal climate, followed by Vermont, Idaho, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.

Above the FoldJul 26, 2017 - 11:00am
The House of Representatives Chamber at the U.S. Capitol.

House Says, ‘No!’ to CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

The CFPB wants to stop the use of an efficient, cost-effective dispute resolution tool for consumers and businesses.

Above the FoldJul 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Agency Goes Rogue on Arbitration Rule

After two years of waiting, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its anti-arbitration rule last week.

Above the FoldJun 26, 2017 - 5:15pm

Lawyer Ads Scare People into Stop Taking Their Medicine

"Medical Alert!" commercials have a bad side effect.

Above the FoldApr 10, 2017 - 9:00am
"Home privacy" displayed on app on a tablet computer in front of a house.

Torts and Rules Can Stunt Tech Sector Growth

New innovations and technologies are fertile ground for economic growth. They lead to startup companies, job creation, and a rush of capital and investment. But once a technology gets big, it’s never long before government regulators and aggressive trial lawyers swoop in to crash the party.

Above the FoldJan 16, 2017 - 9:00am
The American Growth Agenda

Let's Grow: Ideas to Get Our Economy Moving

Regulatory and tax reforms, updating infrastructure, and expanding trade are only a few ways the Chamber will pursue growth in America.

Above the FoldJan 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
2017 State of American Business address with U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.

Why Faster Economic Growth Must Be America's Top Priority

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue released the American Growth Agenda to accelerate economic growth.