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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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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.

Above the FoldSep 13, 2017 - 10:45am
Judge's gavel on top of $100 bills.

Where Does Your State’s Legal Climate Rank?

South Dakota has the best legal climate, followed by Vermont, Idaho, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.

ArticleSep 11, 2017 - 9:25pm

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

For the first time, Louisiana’s lawsuit climate ranked 50th – the worst in the nation – according to a national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Louisiana had ranked 49th in the four previous surveys.

ArticleSep 11, 2017 - 9:20pm

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in WV

In its best showing ever, West Virginia’s lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before this year’s survey, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years.

ArticleSep 11, 2017 - 9:18pm

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

For the third time since 2012, California’s lawsuit climate ranked number 47 out of 50 in a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). California has been in the bottom 10 states since the survey began in 2002.

ArticleSep 11, 2017 - 11:16am

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

For the second time since 2015, Illinois’ lawsuit climate ranked number 48 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Illinois has been in the bottom five states for the past decade.

ArticleAug 25, 2017 - 6:03pm

“Deceived” by jelly beans, woman files lawsuit against Jelly Belly

Expecting to enjoy the delicious treats that former President Ronald Reagan loved so much, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the Jelly Belly company after she accidentally consumed the company’s Sport Beans product.

ArticleAug 14, 2017 - 12:21pm

Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017: Episode 3

Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017: Episode 3