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 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.

    Above the FoldDec 30, 2016 - 3:30pm
    2016 as sand art

    Above the Fold’s Top Five for 2016

    Readers were curious about a variety of public policy issues affecting the business community.

    Above the FoldDec 29, 2016 - 3:30pm
    Coffee beverages sit on a counter inside a Starbucks.

    Coffee, Lip Balm, and Cycling Make the List of the 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2016

    Too much ice in an iced coffee? Illegal monkey selfie? Legal action over a typo?

    Above the FoldDec 23, 2016 - 9:00am
    Tom Donohue and Paul Ryan

    Chamber Snapshots: The Fourth Quarter of 2016 in Photos

    From visiting heads of state to visiting rock stars, the Chamber engaged with wide and diverse audiences to close out 2016.

    Above the FoldNov 03, 2016 - 3:30pm

    Business Community: 45th President Needs to Get Back to Business

    The number one domestic priority has to be economic growth.

    Above the FoldOct 31, 2016 - 9:00am
    The litigation machine

    Stopping the Litigation Machine

    For the good of the American economy, legal reform must be a top priority for our next president.

    Above the FoldOct 26, 2016 - 5:45pm
    Mitt Romney speaking at the 2016 Institute for Legal Reform summit.

    Romney: Improving the Legal Environment is Critical to American Competitiveness

    If we want to get businesses to grow we need public policies that give them a reason to do so.

    Above the FoldAug 31, 2016 - 12:30pm

    Dear 45: Strengthen Our Economy by Strengthening Our Legal System

    We hope you will join us in thwarting those who try to abuse our legal system and in the process stunt our country's economic growth.

    Above the FoldAug 24, 2016 - 10:00am

    Monumental Issues: Talking Abusive Lawsuits with Lisa Rickard

    With summer in the homestretch, we decided to head out to one president’s seasonal escape from the White House – President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, notes that Lincoln “was a trial lawyer who counseled against stirring up litigation.”