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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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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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Tort Costs in America: An Empirical Analysis of Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System

U.S. tort costs are steadily rising. According to ILR’s latest research, costs and compensation in the U.S. tort system amounted to $443 billion in 2020, equivalent to 2.1 percent of U.S. GDP and $3,621 per American household. These are the highest tort cost levels since at least 2016, the earliest…

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ILR Briefly: A New Threat: The National Security Risk of Third Party Litigation Funding

The lack of safeguards in third party litigation funding (TPLF) provides a clear path for foreign adversaries to undermine U.S. national economic and security interests through the infiltration of the American litigation system. ILR Briefly: A New Threat: The National Security Risk of Third Party Litigation Funding makes the case…

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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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