U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) News

Report: Surging securities class actions over corporate M&A, 'adverse events,' a growing 'litigation racket'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 25, 2018

Saying the trend carries substantial costs for investors and the entire economy, a new report is calling for reforms to tamp down on the growing surge in the number of so-called securities class action lawsuits filed against companies over mergers, acquisitions or stock price drops - a phenomenon the report author called a "litigation racket."

How much do lawsuits cost you? $3,300 per household, $429B nationwide, study says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 24, 2018

Across the U.S., Americans pay hefty costs for lawsuits, with the price tag stretching from the courthouses to the most basic levels of American life, adding thousands of dollars each year to Americans’ household budget costs, according to a new study of tort litigation costs.

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Ads that can kill: Lawyers scare patients out of taking medication, legal reform group says

By John O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017

WASHINGTON - A new paper says lawyer advertising is scaring patients into not taking their medications, leading to dozens of serious incidents – including six deaths from individuals who stopped using their blood-thinner.

Illinois' legal climate 'a recipe for disaster,' new ILR survey says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2017

CHICAGO – Illinois has "a recipe for disaster" when it comes to dishing out a good legal climate, according to a video by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this publication.

Lawsuit claims plaintiffs law firm uses data from privacy app to file TCPA claims

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jul 11, 2016

Legal reform advocates think they’ve found a prime example of plaintiffs attorneys “gaming the system” to collect big awards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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