Legal Reform

This Guy Robbed a Pizzeria and Now He's Suing the Owner for $250,000

Oct 6, 2014

Everyone knows that running a business, especially in the food industry, is tough. The hours are long, the demands are high, and every day brings a new challenge. But would you ever think a business like a small pizzeria would have to deal with being sued by the person who tried to rob them?

Yeah, that happened.

The story appears on, along with many similar tales of bizarre legal battles:

The $57 Million Shakedown of Buckyballs (VIDEO)

Jan 28, 2014

Brace yourself. The video below is a bit longer than the usual video you see here on But the premise of this story—as well as the long-term implications of this case—are so shocking, we just had to dig deeper into this unprecedented overreach of a federal agency.

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013

Dec 26, 2013

A group of Idaho inmates’ lawsuit blaming eight brewers for causing their lives of crime tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the top 10 most ridiculous lawsuits of 2013. ILR also released a highlight video containing each lawsuit on the list.

Wired for Abuse: Beware the Lawsuit Industry's 'Naked Gun' Campaign

Nov 8, 2013

“All right, move on — nothing to see here!”

Those are the words of the hapless Lt. Frank Drebin in the iconic movie, The Naked Gun, as he feebly attempts to distract bystanders from the fireworks factory exploding right behind him. It’s a classic scene that’s drawn laughs for decades.  

It’s a Long, Tough Slog

Oct 28, 2013

That’s what it’s been like fighting the trial bar. For 15 years, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has been waging an entrenched battle against a handful of trial lawyers who are trying to suck the vitality out of companies large and small—and our economy.

We started ILR to fight for a faster, simpler, and fairer legal system. We recognized that a rising tide of lawsuits was sinking the economy. We noticed how certain members of the trial bar were gaming a flawed legal system, destroying jobs and economic opportunity in the process.

Ask the Expert: Why is Lawsuit Abuse an Issue for the Business Community?

Oct 25, 2013

The United States is the world leader in lawsuits, which cost the U.S. economy $264 billion per year – or about $850 per year for every man, woman and child in the United States.  That hurts families, businesses, local communities – and America’s ability to compete in the global economy. 

Attorneys John Beisner and Adam Pritchard explain why rampant lawsuit abuse is detrimental to the business community and to job creation in America.

Legal Reformers Must Act to Heal the Lawsuit System

Oct 23, 2013

If you’ve ever gone through a major health crisis, you know that surviving the immediate illness is only the first step. Long-term health depends on a lifetime of commitment—to a changed lifestyle, doctor visits, tests, and medicines. 

The health of our lawsuit system demands the same vigilance. Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform was born in a time of legal crisis. Class action litigation was out of control. Mega lawsuits were sucked into a few “jackpot” jurisdictions favorable to the plaintiffs’ bar. 


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