The papers covered in this edition of the ILR Research Review address a range of areas where the plaintiffs’ bar is working to exploit the civil justice system. As with all of our research, the papers in this Review not only describe each problem, but provide data and evidence that policymakers and advocates can use to solve it. This edition includes research about:

  • the evolution of Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling;
  • a growing trend of naming dozens of companies to asbestos lawsuits despite a lack of evidence tying them to the cases;
  • the disproportionate tort burden borne by American small businesses; and
  • a Supreme Court decision that may have huge implications for personal jurisdiction.