- Overlawyered.com chronicles the high cost of the legal system through synopses of news articles on frivolous lawsuits, with links provided.
Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy - Our host organization, the Center for Legal Policy develops and communicates thoughtful ideas on the civil justice system and its reform to real decision-makers. The CLP's parent institution, the Manhattan Institute, is a think-tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.
Legal Reform Now -
A clearinghouse for legal reform information including news, research,
new and pending cases, and state and federal legislation. A project
of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Institute for Legal Reform, sponsored by a diverse coalition
of associations, chambers of commerce, think tanks, and state-based
legal reform groups.
American Justice Partnership - A project of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest industrial trade association, the American Justice Partnership brings together leading national and state organizations to coordinate the fight for effective legal reform.
Trial Lawyers, Inc. - Trial Lawyers, Inc. is the Manhattan Institute's 2003 annual report of the litigation industry, which sheds light on the industry's size, scope and inner workings.
MAJOR TORT REFORM ORGANIZATIONS:
American Tort Reform
Association - ATRA is a broad-based, bipartisan coalition of
more than 300 businesses, corporations, municipalities, associations,
and professional firms who support civil justice reform.
Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform - Affiliated with the nation's largest business organization, the ILR argues for legal reform at the national and state levels.
Common Good - Common Good is a bipartisan initiative to overhaul America's lawsuit culture.
OTHER NATIONAL REFORM ORGANIZATIONS:
Exchange Council Civil Justice Task Force - The legal reform
task force of this organization of conservative state lawmakers
works to promote systematic fairness in the courts through bills
to discourage frivolous lawsuits, to fairly balance judicial and
legislative authority, and to treat defendants in a consistent manner.
The Business Roundtable Civil Justice Reform Task Force - An association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of more than 10 million employees in the United States, the Business Roundtable develops policy options and implements action plans to address the civil liability crisis.
Citizens for a Sound Economy Lawsuit Abuse - This grassroots organization has fought and won legal reforms at the federal level and the state level.
HALT - HALT is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest group dedicated to the principle that all Americans should be able to handle their legal affairs simply, affordably and equitably.
National Association of Manufacturers Fair Litigation Action Group - FLAG focuses on the importance of fair liability laws and what legal reform measures are needed to achieve this goal.
National Federation of Independent Business - NFIB fights for legal reform that levels the courtroom playing field for small business.
STATE REFORM ORGANIZATIONS:
Lawsuit Abuse - These state and local nonprofit, grass roots
organizations are dedicated to putting an end to lawsuit abuse by
educating the public on the effects of lawsuit abuse to create a
climate for civil justice reform.
Central California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Los Angeles Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Orange County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
Silicon Valley Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
Louisiana Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
Council of New York State - The Business Council of New York
State tort reform committee works to reform New York's civil justice
Civil Justice Association of California - CJAC is a coalition of citizens, taxpayers, businesses, local governments, professionals, manufacturers, financial institutions, insurers, and medical organizations dedicated to improving California's civil liability system.
Illinois Civil Justice League - ICJL is a coalition of Illinois citizens, small and large businesses, associations, professional societies, not-for-profit organizations, and local governments working for fairness in the Illinois civil justice system.
Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch - I-LAW is a grassroots watchdog group of concerned citizens, community leaders, small business people and non-profit organizations dedicated to educating the public about the widespread costs of lawsuit abuse.
Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch - M-LAW serves as a public watchdog over the state's court system. Its goal is to eliminate the many negative effects that lawsuit abuse has on families, job providers and communities.
Mississippians for Economic Progress - The mission of Mississippians for Economic Progress is to foster economic progress for all Mississippians by promoting a fair legal system.
New Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform - New Yorkers for Civil Justice Reform is a diverse and broad-based statewide coalition seeking reforms needed for a civil justice system that is fair for all New Yorkers.
Ohio Businesses for Legal Reform - Ohio Businesses for Legal Reform (OBLR) is a coalition of key business leaders joining together to highlight and combat inequities in the civil justice system. Members include small, medium and large businesses as well as local chambers of commerce and not-for-profit business associations striving to proactively change the business climate in Ohio.
Tennesseans for Legal Reform - TLR is a statewide, bipartisan coalition of nearly 500 businesses, corporations, municipalities, associations, individuals and professional firms that support civil justice reform.
Texans for Lawsuit Reform - TLR works to restore balance and justice to the Texas civil justice system.
Texas Civil Justice League - The TCJL works to restore fairness and stability to the Texas civil justice system.
Joint Center for Regulatory Studies - This joint effort of the
American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution attempts
to hold lawmakers and regulators accountable for their decisions
by providing thoughtful, objective analyses of existing regulatory
programs and new regulatory proposals.
Cato Institute - The libertarian think tank often publishes studies and opinion pieces consistent with its mission to secure liberty through limited government and the rule of law.
Mercatus Center - The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a research, education, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to connect academic learning and real world practice in the promotion of free market solutions; Mercatus sponsors some of the country's top scholars in law and economics.
Pacific Research Institute - The mission of the Pacific Research Institute is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions.
RAND Institute for Civil Justice - An affiliated think tank of the RAND Corporation, the Institute for Civil Justice tries to make the civil justice system more efficient and more equitable through objective, empirically based research.
LEGAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS:
Foundation - The Atlantic Legal Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
public interest law firm whose mission is to advance the rule of
law by advocating limited, effective government, free enterprise,
individual liberty and sound science.
The Federalist Society - The Federalist Society is a conservative/libertarian organization of attorneys concerned about the legal system, which produces many useful publications, including Class Action Watch.
Lawyers for Civil Justice - Created by defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel, Lawyers for Civil Justice is a national coalition supporting excellence, fairness, and improvements within the civil justice system.
National Chamber Litigation Center - A public-policy law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber Litigation Center gets involved, through amicus briefs and third-party litigation, in cases that affect business, including suits that deal with legal reform issues.
Southeastern Legal Foundation - An Atlanta-based public interest law firm, the Southeastern Legal Foundation advocates limited government, individual economic freedom, and the free enterprise system in the courts of law and public opinion.
Washington Legal Foundation - WLF brings original lawsuits, files amicus briefs, intervenes in court cases, and petitions agencies for rulings, as well as publishing timely legal studies written by expert authors.
HEALTH CARE REFORM:
Medical Association - The AMA supports reforms to the medical
liability system; their website contains much valuable information
in addition to their policy positions.
The Doctors Company - America's first national, physician-owned medical malpractice carrier, The Doctors Company supports medical liability reforms.
Health Care Liability Alliance - The Health Care Liability Alliance is a national advocacy coalition that supports effective federal health care liability reform.
SickofLawsuits.org - This grassroots campaign designed and supported by Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse groups and other civil justice reform groups across the country attempts "to help raise awareness of the healthcare litigation epidemic affecting all Americans."
OTHER SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Verdict Research - Jury Verdict Research maintains the only
nationwide database of more than 213,000 plaintiff and defense verdicts
and settlements resulting from personal injury claims.
Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse - The Securities Class Action Clearinghouse provides detailed information relating to the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. The Clearinghouse maintains an Index of Filings of 1990 issuers that have been named in federal class action securities fraud lawsuits since passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Clearinghouse also contains copies of more than 6000 complaints, briefs, filings, and other litigation-related materials filed in these cases.