The research covered in this edition of the Review contains the first five issues of our new ILR Briefly initiative—four of which are dedicated to the myriad liability challenges flowing from COVID-19 and to potential solutions.

Respectively, the first four Briefly papers offer an overview of those issues, explore them in the context of federal and state law, and feature a deep dive into the background of the public nuisance theory and how the plaintiffs’ bar may attempt to apply it in COVID-19 litigation.

The fifth Briefly tracks the ongoing crisis in securities litigation and the impact on state courts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 Cyan decision. Most of these papers were released in conjunction with ILR Briefly Live Events, which are available here.

Other research papers featured in this Review address two longstanding ILR priorities: trial lawyer advertising (TLA) and third party litigation funding (TPLF). ILR’s research shows that plaintiffs’ lawyers systematically generate lawsuit advertisements in response to key inflection points in litigation, documents many of the fundamental practical and ethical issues inherent to the TPLF industry, and calls on regulators and legislators to adopt solutions.