U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) News

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Senate approves bill that would create intermediate appellate court

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 15, 2018

CHARLESTON – The state Senate has passed a bill to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia.

Litigation venue bill passes Senate, heads back to House of Delegates

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 7, 2018

CHARLESTON – A bill that would curb many instances of out-of-state plaintiffs filing lawsuits in West Virginia courts is one step closer to becoming law.

ILR says West Virginia legal climate improving but still needs work

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – As Gov. Jim Justice prepares to give his State of the State address, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says West Virginia’s legal climate is improving.

Not nearly a clean bill of health, but moving in the right direction

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 13, 2017

Annual physicals can get monotonous, particularly if your condition fails to improve from year to year.

At 45th, West Virginia inches up rankings for state legal climates

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 12, 2017

WASHINGTON – For the first time, West Virginia doesn’t rank 49th or 50th in a national survey ranking states’ legal climates. The Mountain State comes in at 45th in the survey released Sept. 12 by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. In the 10 previous surveys that span 15 year, West Virginia either ranked 49th or 50th. It was 50th in the last six surveys, dating back to 2006 (also 2015, 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2007).

Justice signs bill updating state Consumer Credit Protection Act

By Chris Dickerson | Apr 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill making key changes to the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is praising the move. Justice signed Senate Bill 563 into law on April 24. Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), said the law will further reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia.

Ask your doctor, not a lawyer

By Roman Stauffer | May 20, 2016

CHARLESTON – Dramatic and sensationalistic personal injury lawsuit ads bombard our daily lives, especially on television.

Groups praise passage of legal reform bill aiding drug companies

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — A national group and a state group both are praising a recently passed piece of legislation that would bring West Virginia in line with other states regarding the legal responsibility of drug manufacturers. Senate Bill 15 would adopt the intermediary doctrine as a defense to civil action due to lack of warnings or instructions. The bill now awaits Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's signature.

U.S. Chamber urges Tomblin to sign AG 'sunshine bill'

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is pushing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign legislation providing transparency to how the state Attorney General's office operates. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard applauded the state Legislature for passing House Bill 4007, which promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the AG's office hires outside private plaintiffs’ lawyers.

U.S. Chamber releases most frivolous lawsuits for 2015

By Jacob Bielanski | Jan 7, 2016

The copyright fight over a monkey’s selfies and damages sought from a family hug topped the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual list of the most frivolous lawsuits.

W.Va. lawsuit environment ranks last, but some see brighter future

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s lawsuit environment is ranked worst in the nation in a new survey released Thursday. The survey, released by the U.S.

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