U.S. Chamber Litigation Center

The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center fights for business at every level of the U.S. judicial system, on virtually every issue affecting business.

Founded in 1977, the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center is a separately incorporated affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The Litigation Center fights for business at every level of the U.S. judicial system, on virtually every issue affecting business, including class actions and arbitration, labor and employment, energy and environment, securities and corporate governance, financial regulation, free speech, preemption, government contracts, and criminal law.

We represent the Chamber in lawsuits to challenge unlawful federal, state, and local regulatory actions.  We intervene to defend the government in cases brought by activists to challenge pro-business or deregulatory actions.  We file amicus curiae briefs representing the broad views of the business community in important litigation throughout the country, including in the Supreme Court of the United States.  We help advocates prepare for oral arguments in cases that present important business issues.  We work with the media to help the public understand key decisions and legal principles.

The Litigation Center is staffed by a team of experienced in-house litigators—three previously clerked for Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and three have significant government experience at the White House and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.  It retains the nation’s top lawyers to litigate cases, including former U.S. solicitors general and veterans of the U.S. Supreme Court bar.  

Recent Activity

Litigation UpdateJun 25, 2018 - 4:15pm

U.S. Chamber and industry groups move to intervene in support of New Source Review guidance

The U.S. Chamber, with a coalition of business groups, filed a motion to intervene in support of the EPA in a D.C.

Litigation UpdateJun 21, 2018 - 1:30pm

Supreme Court holds SEC violated Constitution in appointing administrative law judges

The Supreme Court issued a favorable 6-3 decision in Lucia v. SEC, holding that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution in naming administrative law judges (ALJs) to decide enforcement proceedings before the SEC.

Litigation UpdateJun 14, 2018 - 2:30pm

Supreme Court issues favorable decision in antitrust case concerning Chinese price fixing

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co., holding that the lower court erred when it deferred to the assertion by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China that Chinese law required Chinese companies to engage in price fixing of products exported to the United States.

Litigation UpdateJun 11, 2018 - 11:45am

Supreme Court issues favorable decision on statute of limitations and class actions

The Supreme Court issued a favorable decision for the business community in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, ruling unanimously that a plaintiff may not bring a new class action beyond the applicable statute of limitations period where a previous class action had been dismissed. 

Litigation UpdateMay 21, 2018 - 11:00am

Supreme Court affirms validity of employment arbitration agreements that include class waivers

The Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in a trilogy of cases addressing whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) bars arbitration provisions in employment contracts that include class action waivers. 

Litigation UpdateMay 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Ninth Circuit sides with Chamber in challenge to Seattle’s ordinance authorizing unionization of independent contractors

In a unanimous opinion, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Seattle could not claim immunity from federal antitrust law because the State of Washington had not clearly anticipated Seattle’s unprecedented ordinance and would not have actively supervised the unionization scheme.  

Press ReleaseMay 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Hires John Wood as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that John Wood will join as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel on June 4. In his role, Wood will oversee the U.S. Chamber’s legal operations, including ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and representing the organization in all corporate legal matters. Wood will also oversee the U.S.

Litigation UpdateApr 24, 2018 - 11:00am

Supreme Court issues decision narrowing the Alien Tort Statute

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, the Court held by a vote of 5-4 that the ATS does not allow plaintiffs to sue foreign corporations, as opposed to individuals, in U.S. Courts for violations of international law.

Litigation UpdateApr 17, 2018 - 11:15am

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft Irish warrant case as moot in light of the CLOUD Act

The Supreme Court issued an opinion granting the joint request of the United States and Microsoft to end their case regarding whether the Stored Communications Act of 1986 applies to emails located on a server outside the United States (in this particular instance, on a server located in Ireland). The Court agreed with the United States and Microsoft that their dispute about the Stored Communications Act had become moot in light of the enactment of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act as part of the omnibus budget legislation.

Litigation UpdateApr 02, 2018 - 1:30pm

Supreme Court issues favorable decision in Fair Labor Standards Act case

The Supreme Court issued a favorable decision in Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, holding by a vote of 5-4 that “service advisors” working at car dealerships are exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).