WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will receive the 2012 Outstanding Organization Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit today for its continuing contributions to the legal reform movement in Pennsylvania.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Gene Barr, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has played an integral role in working to improve the state’s lawsuit climate by helping to pass “fair share” legislation that was signed into law last year and aiming to improve the state’s joint and several liability regime. The organization also has helped to shine the public spotlight on the problem of lawsuit abuse.
“We’re very pleased to honor the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry with our outstanding organization award,” said Lisa A. Rickard, President of ILR. “They have been a valuable partner to ILR in our legal reform efforts, and their work has been critical in exposing problems in the civil justice system and making Pennsylvania more competitive for businesses and job growth.”
Since its founding in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has been an outspoken advocate of business and industry in Pennsylvania. Serving thousands of member businesses statewide, its membership crosses all industry sectors and comprises business of all sizes – from sole proprietors to Fortune 100 companies – representing nearly 50 percent of the private workforce in the Commonwealth.
The annual Legal Reform Awards honor individuals and organizations whose outstanding work has contributed to making America’s civil justice system simpler, fairer, and faster for everyone.
ILR 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 the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.