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March 7, 2019

New ILR Research Looks at the Surge Of Lawsuits From Municipalities

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released new research that offers solutions to the growing trend of cities and counties hiring private lawyers to file lawsuits, Bloomberg Law reports.

Mitigating Municipality Litigation: Scope and Solutions,” which was written by a bipartisan group of former state attorneys general and solicitors general, looks at the driving factors behind these suits. It also notes that the growing number of these lawsuits creates “obstacles for global settlement, undermine the authority of legislators and state AGs, and ultimately reduce funds available to compensate injured individuals.” The paper offers solutions for states looking to curb this trend.

Also released was “Waking the Litigation Monster: The Misuse of Public Nuisance,” written by two attorneys from the Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury law firm. The paper examines the legal mechanisms by which these claims are brought.

“The feeding frenzy of municipal lawsuits not only stands in the way of justice by making it harder to resolve cases, but also undermines states’ authority,” ILR Chief Operating Officer Harold Kim told Bloomberg.

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