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—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

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):

In the NewsApr 07, 2020 - 2:45pm

Fighting the onslaught of COVID-19 lawsuits

On Friday, USA Today published an important story about how potentially massive amounts of COVID-19 litigation by plaintiffs’ lawyers could threaten our economic stability and recovery. My colleague Harold Kim, president of the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, and I offered key insights about the forthcoming litigation wave. The Litigation Center team and our partners will be blogging frequently about COVID-19 legal and litigation trends. We look forward to hearing from each of you about what we can do to help.

Litigation UpdateMar 23, 2020 - 8:15pm

U.S. Supreme Court holds that a race discrimination claim under 42 U.S.C. §1981 requires a plaintiff to show that race was the cause of the defendant’s challenged actions

The opinion in Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media clarifies that an allegation that race merely played “some role” in a defendant’s decision-making process is not sufficient under Section 1981.

Litigation UpdateMar 23, 2020 - 8:15pm

U.S. Supreme Court holds that the doctrine of sovereign immunity bars states from being sued for copyright infringement

Relying on precedent, the Court held that Congress did not have constitutional authority to abrogate the states’ sovereign immunity.  But the Court left open the possibility that Congress in the future could permit copyright claims against states if Congress develops a stronger legislative record demonstrating state copyright infringement. 

Litigation UpdateMar 18, 2020 - 2:15pm

Delaware Supreme Court upholds corporate bylaws requiring Securities Act claims to be brought in federal court instead of state court

The opinion says state law provides “flexibility and wide discretion” for organizing, governing and financing businesses. 

Litigation UpdateFeb 26, 2020 - 2:45pm

Supreme Court issues unfavorable decision in ERISA case

The Supreme Court held that ERISA’s three-year statute of limitations—which requires a plaintiff with “actual knowledge” of an alleged fiduciary breach to file suit within three years—does not apply where the plaintiff received written information about the breach but did not actually read it (or at least does not recall having read it).  As a result of the Court’s decision, plaintiffs who may not have read written information about their benefits may now have up to six years from the date of the alleged breach to file suit. 

Litigation UpdateJan 17, 2020 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber and other business groups move to intervene in support of the Trump administration’s 2019 amendments to the Risk Management Program Rule

The U.S. Chamber and other business groups moved to intervene in support of the Trump administration’s 2019 amendments to the Risk Management Program Rule governing the prevention and detection of, and response to, accidental releases of hazardous substances from certain covered facilities.

Litigation UpdateJan 14, 2020 - 4:30pm

Supreme Court issues favorable decision in ERISA stock-drop case

The Supreme Court issued a brief opinion in Retirement Plans Committee of IBM v. Jander, vacating the Second Circuit’s unfavorable decision against IBM and remanding the case for further proceedings.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

Litigation UpdateDec 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Supreme Court issues favorable 8-1 decision in debt collection case

The Supreme Court held that the statute of limitations for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) claims begins to run on the date the alleged FDCPA violation occurs, not the date on which the violation is discovered.