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

    Above the FoldJan 19, 2021 - 3:15pm
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    States Focus on Pro-Business Policies to Attract Companies, Talent

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    Above the FoldOct 22, 2020 - 1:45pm
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    Above the FoldJun 15, 2020 - 10:30am
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    Small Business Owners Speak Out Over Liability Concerns Amid COVID-19 

    As businesses reopen, small business owners are becoming increasingly concerned with potential liability challenges amid COVID-19.

    Above the FoldMay 27, 2020 - 4:00pm
    Sabre-Farelogix antitrust case

    What the Sabre-Farelogix Case Tells Us About the Future Of Antitrust Law

    Various antitrust jurisdictions across the globe are considering big changes to their antitrust laws that could stray from sound economics.

    Above the FoldMar 31, 2020 - 4:45pm
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    Supreme Court: Allen V. Cooper and Intellectual Property Rights 

    Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authority to revoke the sovereign immunity of states from copyright infringement lawsuits.

    Above the FoldDec 18, 2019 - 4:15pm
    Lawsuits 2019

    The Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2019

    Every year, thousands of frivolous lawsuits are filed across the U.S., but only ten make ILR’s annual list.

    Above the FoldOct 29, 2018 - 9:00am
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    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
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    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
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    Where Does Your State’s Legal Climate Rank?

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