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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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ArticleDec 04, 2017 - 9:58am

Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017: Episode 4

A courtroom food fight over the ingredients in Garden Veggie Straws? A former beauty queen who sues so much, she’s no longer welcome in court? And a woman looking to make some cheddar in a lawsuit over a nacho cheese burn?

ArticleNov 27, 2017 - 10:07am

Woman sues U.S. government over nacho cheese burn

A woman from Wichita Falls, Texas, is suing the federal government after she alleged a bowling alley employee at Sheppard Air Force Base spilled hot nacho cheese sauce on her finger. She claims that the cheesy injury resulted in restricted work hours and, ultimately, in her losing her job.

ArticleNov 20, 2017 - 10:02am

Lawsuit claims Garden Veggie Straws have no veggies

Garden Veggie Straws claim to have less fat than potato chips, but a lawsuit in federal court against the snack’s maker contends there’s something else Veggie Straws has less of — vegetables.

ArticleNov 15, 2017 - 10:03am

Judge tells “vexatious litigant” she’s no longer welcome in court

A judge in Ontario, Canada, has told a woman known for filing frequent lawsuits that she’s no longer welcome in court. One-time beauty queen, Althea Reyes, has been declared “a vexatious litigant” for her abuse of the court’s process and waste of judicial and public resources.

Above the FoldNov 06, 2017 - 9:00am
The Chamber applauds the repeal of the CFPB's arbitration rule

A Victory for Consumers—and for Justice

The repeal of the anti-arbitration rule is a major step in the right direction. It is a victory for consumers and businesses of all sizes.

EventOct 25, 2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
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2017 Legal Reform Summit: The Litigation Jungle

Join the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform as we embark on an expedition through “The Litigation Jungle,” examining the complex and evolving litigation landscape and providing a roadmap to navigate it.

Press ReleaseOct 24, 2017 - 10:15pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule:

ArticleSep 28, 2017 - 9:49am

Survey: Florida’s Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation’s Worst

Florida is ranked #46 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States survey, falling two spots from its already low 2015 ranking. Florida scores poorly in all of the key element categories, but particularly with regard to the competence and impartiality of trial judges—where it ranked 48th.

ArticleSep 28, 2017 - 9:22am

Missouri’s Leaders Work to Improve Lawsuit Climate as New Survey Shows State’s Ranking has Slipped

Missouri’s lawsuit climate fell to 49th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S.

ReportSep 13, 2017 - 11:15am

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states’ liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses.