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West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, California Ranked Worst Lawsuit Climates In The Nation

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) on March 22 released its survey ranking the states with the best and worst legal climates in the country. According to the survey, the states with the worst legal climates are California (46th), Alabama (47th), Mississippi...

New Tax Principals at Urban-Brookings, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Donald Marron will take over as director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center beginning May 17. Marron has served in several positions with the U.S. government, most recently as a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. Before that, he was deputy director of the Congressional...

Study: Lawsuits Cost Small Businesses $105 Billion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new study released July 8 by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that small businesses shoulder a tremendous burden of the nation's tort liability costs, having paid $105.4 billion in 2008. Saying that small businesses have created 64 percent of all net...

SEC Puts New Shareholder Rules On Hold Due To Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The government said Monday it is putting on hold new rules that make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors of public companies, after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued to block the changes. The new rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission were due to...

SEC Answers Proxy Access Suit Charges; Court Date Set For April 7

The case that could decide the legality of the shareholder proxy access rules adopted by the SEC will be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit April 7 now that the commission filed its initial brief Wednesday. For the first time since the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business...

High Court Decision In Wal-Mart Case A Blow To Class Actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Mounting a large-scale bias claim against a huge company will be more difficult in light of a Supreme Court decision that found no convincing proof of discrimination on which to allow a class action against retail giant Wal-Mart on behalf of as many as 1.6 million women. Full...

Conservatives Limit Consumer, Rights Class Action Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the two most far-reaching rulings of the term the justices are wrapping up on Monday. The two cases putting new limits on class-action lawsuits...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 3rd Circuit Finds FAA Preempts N.J. Law On Class Action Waivers

By the Consumer Financial Services Group In the first federal appeals court decision to apply AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion to a non-AT&T Mobility arbitration agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts New Jersey...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Files Suit to Block The NLRB's New Notice Posting Rule

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, on September 20, 2011, filed a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) challenging the NLRB's new rule requiring businesses to post notices explaining employees'...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges Legality of NLRB Recess Appointments

On March 15, 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) filed a motion to intervene with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board , Case No. 12-1115, an appeal by Noel Canning of an unfair labor practice...