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 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—six previously clerked for Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Five have significant government litigation experience at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the White House.  All have significant private sector litigation experience.  It retains the nation’s top lawyers, including former U.S. Solicitors General and other executive branch officers, veterans of the Supreme Court bar, and former state court judges and officials, to serve as outside counsel.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldOct 22, 2020 - 1:45pm
Judge Amy Coney Barrett at a Senate Judiciary Committee Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Why Amy Coney Barrett’s Fairness, Distinguished Credentials Make Her an Excellent Supreme Court Nominee

What we see from Judge Barrett’s highly qualified record is that America’s employers will get a fair shot.

Press ReleaseOct 19, 2020 - 6:45pm

U.S. Chamber Leads Suit Against Overreaching Restrictions on Work Visas

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and others filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against recent regulations that will undermine high skilled immigration into the United States. U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue released the following statement after today’s suit was filed:

Litigation UpdateOct 02, 2020 - 7:00am

Supreme Court grants cert. petition addressing the scope of review available where a lower court rejects removal of an action to federal court under the federal officer removal statute

The U.S. Chamber filed an amicus brief supporting cert. and previously filed in support of removal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Litigation UpdateOct 01, 2020 - 7:00am

U.S. Chamber gets an immigration win for its members

The District Court blocked the Trump administration from enforcing its entry ban on various types of nonimmigrant workers from entering the U.S. through the end of the calendar year. This is a great victory for American businesses and our nation’s economy, as the bans cover the following nonimmigrant visa classifications that many employers rely upon to meet their workforce needs: H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1.

Above the FoldJul 23, 2020 - 10:15am
White House Photo - Bloomberg

Donohue in NYT: Why We’re Suing to Stop the Administration’s New Immigration Restrictions

Our CEO Tom Donohue's latest New York Times' op-ed details our recent joint lawsuit challenging new federal immigration restrictions.

Press ReleaseJul 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Leads Lawsuit Against Unprecedented Restrictions on Work Visas

"Our lawsuit seeks to overturn these sweeping and unlawful immigration restrictions that are an unequivocal ‘not welcome’ sign to the engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses, and other critical workers who help drive the American economy. Left in place, these restrictions will push investment abroad, inhibit economic growth, and reduce job creation."

Litigation UpdateJul 02, 2020 - 7:00am

Supreme Court grants certiorari in Alien Tort Statute cases

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in two consolidated cases concerning the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and the liability of a domestic corporation under the ATS.

Press ReleaseJun 29, 2020 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Commends Supreme Court Ruling that Holds CFPB Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tom Quaadman, executive vice president for Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement after today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

Litigation UpdateJun 15, 2020 - 7:15am

Supreme Court holds Forest Service retains authority to grant pipeline easements deep beneath National Trail easements on Forest Service lands

The Supreme Court clarified that the Appalachian Trail and energy infrastructure can co-exist.  The U.S. Chamber and aligned business groups submitted an amicus brief supporting this result.