In 1998, I founded the first consumer organization in the nation with an exclusive mission to halt and reverse the momentum for so-called “tort reform”- laws that limit everyday people’s access to the civil courts. That same year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created its Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) to pursue the Chamber’s national tort reform agenda. I guess you could say the comparisons end there!
Many people know that the U.S. Chamber is the number one lobbying force in the nation. But you might not know that ILR has enormous lobbying muscle of its own. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue boasted in 2014, “Our Institute for Legal Reform is fighting the expansion of lawsuits on all fronts—in the Congress, in the federal agencies, in the states, and even around the globe where U.S. companies are getting sued.”