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October 24, 2004

New Web Site Adds Muscle to Legal Reform Mission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), on behalf of the Legal Reform Now Coalition, today launched a new information clearinghouse on the World Wide Web.

“This Web site will provide policymakers and legal reform advocates with the comprehensive research and information they need to further the cause of legal reform and combat the misinformation distributed by the trial bar,” said Lisa Rickard, ILR President. “It is a ‘must-use’ legal reform Web site that will enhance our fight to end lawsuit abuse.”

The Web site, located at www.legalreformnow.com, is a project of the Legal Reform Now Coalition, a diverse group of trade associations, chambers of commerce, think tanks and state-based legal reform groups (a complete list of the Coalition’s 38 members is available on the site). The Coalition Web site features research, legislation, court decisions and news on a broad array of legal reform topics, including class action, asbestos, and global forum shopping. Users may also register to receive regular email updates about new information available from the Coalition.

“By offering legal reform information in a comprehensive and easy to use forum, the Coalition is providing a critical resource for educating the public about the need for legal reform,” said Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, a Coalition member.

The Legal Reform Now Coalition site assumes the web address that previously hosted ILR’s Web site. ILR’s Web site is now located at www.instituteforlegalreform.org.

The mission of the Institute for Legal Reform is to make America’s legal system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. It seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial and educational activities at the national, state and local levels. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region.

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