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The Institute for Legal Reform shines a light on what is wrong in the legal system. We conduct cutting-edge research and advance pragmatic solutions. We then tirelessly advocate for those solutions with Congress, state legislatures, federal regulators, international policymakers and the courts to effect meaningful change. Read Our Latest Research

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Selling Out: The Dangers of Allowing Nonattorney Investment in Law Firms

The American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct provide critical guidance for attorneys and protection for clients, the legal profession, and the public at large. One of these rules, Rule 5.4, safeguards lawyer independence by prohibiting nonlawyers from owning law firms or splitting fees with attorneys. That rule is…

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ILR Briefly: Taming the Litigation Monster: The Continued Threat of Public Nuisance Litigation

The age-old law of public nuisance is being stretched far beyond its traditional boundaries, in an attempt to create “a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.” ILR’s latest research picks up the thread from our 2019 paper on public nuisance, and documents how…

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Unlocking the Code: The Value of Bankruptcy to Resolve Mass Torts

The bankruptcy system is a simpler, more effective means of providing relief to current and future tort claimants than the mass tort litigation system. ILR’s latest research proves this point, beginning with a discussion of the serious deficiencies in multidistrict litigations (MDLs) and class actions when it comes to aggregating…

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Winter 2022 | ILR Research Review | Volume 9, Issue 3

The research covered in this edition of the ILR Research Review documents a range of emerging litigation trends and offers solutions that policymakers can adopt to curb them. Included in this review are: Tort Costs in America: An Empirical Analysis of Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System,…

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America has the most costly legal system in the world according to an ILR study, and 87% of American voters view the number of “meritless” lawsuits in the country as a problem. To be sure, the American legal system is complex, and the abuses are occurring on many levels. Please explore our Issues Section to learn more about the various issues impacting our legal system and what ILR is doing to advance reform on many fronts.

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