Legal Reform

A growing economy brings much-needed jobs and wage growth, but it also provides opportunity for entrepreneurial trial lawyers to exploit flaws in America’s lawsuit system for their own gain. 

The U.S. Chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform believe that the key to correcting those flaws and paving the way to a freer, fairer economy lies in repairing our broken class action lawsuit system, eliminating the fraud that permeates asbestos litigation, and curbing the rising trend of over-enforcement—particularly from certain state attorneys general, who are too often engaging in inconsistent, duplicative, and politically motivated enforcement actions.

Projects and Programs

 

Priorities for 2018

  • Continue to implement a comprehensive campaign on the issue of over-enforcement, with a focus on raising awareness around over-reaching, duplicative, and costly enforcement actions from state attorneys general (AGs), as well as at the federal level.
  • Advocate for reforms to practices by state attorneys general, including procedures limiting the retention of outside contingency fee counsel and ensuring that lawsuits as well as any settlement funds, fines, and penalties are directed toward actual consumer relief, rather than pure shakedowns designed to fund specific AG projects or AG office budgets.
  • Curb asbestos litigation abuses by continuing to expose fraud and abuse by the plaintiffs’ bar, and work to reform and limit abuses associated with Section 524(g) asbestos bankruptcy trusts.
  • Work to pass in the Senate:
    • The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (FICALA); and
    • The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act
  • Prevent or limit efforts to expand liability under the federal False Claims Act.
  • Fight to preserve the availability of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Strive to enact legal reforms at the state level, particularly in West Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
  • Engage with the EU and member countries to curb the export of U.S.-style class action litigation.

Recent Activity

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.

Above the FoldJan 04, 2017 - 4:15pm
Bruce Josten and Tom Donohue

Chamber Snapshots: The Best of 2016

2016 proved to be a busy year in Washington, D.C., and no place experienced that more than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.