Legal Reform

Every American who has been legitimately wronged deserves his or her day in court. The U.S. Chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform are working every day to make our legal system faster, simpler, and fairer. We are fighting those who abuse the system for their own personal gain, clog the courts with meritless lawsuits, and undermine our right to due process.

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Cold As Ice: Woman sues #Starbucks over too-icy drinks https://t.co/ADYR4IoRM6

05/03/2017

A lawsuit over not getting a knife in a #fastfood chicken order? https://t.co/Yg6QBAFqNU

05/02/2017

Columnist Urges @SenJohnKennedy to Support #FACTAct: https://t.co/hqLSWmW6xD

05/02/2017

Our Position

A Dubious Honor

The United States is the world leader in lawsuits, which cost the U.S. economy $264 billion per year— or about $850 per year for every man, woman, and child in the United States.

America has the costliest legal system in the world. Lawsuits cost the U.S. economy $264 billion per year, or about $850 per year for every man, woman, and child in the United States. The ultimate victims of lawsuit abuse are consumers and workers who suffer from higher prices and lost jobs and benefits.
 
Businesses also suffer—not only from the costs of fighting sometimes frivolous lawsuits, but also when government agencies deny their rights to due process. America’s enforcement system has turned into a shakedown operation where regulators find a company that may or may not have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin; and force them to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement where nobody can check the details.
 
To ensure all Americans—workers and employers—get the justice they deserve, we need to reform our legal and enforcement systems. Our legal reform agenda includes the following:

  • Reforming legal systems in key problem states and jurisdictions
  • Raising public awareness of the impact of lawsuit abuse on our economy, our citizens, and our global competitiveness.
  • Preserving the availability of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that would reduce the number of lawsuits and their costs while ensuring justice is served.
  • Reforming the medical tort system to make costs more affordable and predictable.
  • Supporting class action reform and opposing efforts to weaken the Class Action Fairness Act.
  • Educating the public on important state judicial and attorney general races.

 

Hurting Small Businesses

Litigation costs small businesses in America over $100 billion per year.

When it comes to our enforcement system, it must:

  • Be rules based and transparent.
  • Eliminate incentives for officials, regulators, and plaintiff’s lawyers to press settlements that work to their personal and political advantage.
  • Ensure that enforcement is fair, clear, and respects due process.

 

Take Action

Legal reform is a key component of the U.S. Chamber's American Growth Agenda - an ambitious plan to generate stronger, more robust economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunity for all Americans. 

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Above the Fold
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New innovations and technologies are fertile ground for economic growth. They lead to startup companies, job creation, and a rush of capital and investment. But once a technology gets big, it’s never long before government regulators and aggressive trial lawyers swoop in to crash the party.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 9:00am
Article

If a restaurant provided you with so-called “fake butter” on your bagel after you ordered real butter — would you simply ask for new bagel, or would you file a costly lawsuit?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:57am
Article

It’s not uncommon for a concerned mother to take certain steps to ensure her child buckles down on schoolwork.

That may include taking away television privileges, grounding the kid from going out with friends on the weekend or, these days, confiscating a smartphone.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:46am
Event
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Join the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) as we explore emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, and others, and discuss how to prevent liability issues from threatening innovation.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:30am
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting H.R. 985, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017,” was sent to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 11:30am
Letter

This Key Vote Alert! letter supporting H.R. 725, the “Innocent Party Protection Act,” was sent to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 4:15pm