[The U.S. Chamber of Commerce] has its own multimillion dollar affiliate, the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), whose sole mission is to restrict the ability of individuals harmed by negligent corporations to file suit.
Yet ironically, the Chamber is also one of the most aggressive litigators in Washington, D.C., appearing in hundreds of lawsuits a year. The Chamber has its own litigation arm, the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), which both files its own lawsuits and enters into the lawsuits of others more than 130 times a year.
Interesting article about U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s strong use of litigation in support of corporate interests, despite its opposition to litigation by individuals (e.g. tort reform).
I’m not interested in calling the Chamber or anyone else “hypocrites.” But it is important people realize that efforts like “tort reform” (despite a broad-sounding label) have a narrower intention: to protect corporations from lawsuits by individuals alleging harm by corporations. Tort reform is NOT an effort to reduce lawsuits across the board, and is certainly not an effort to reduce lawsuits filed BY corporations. That is a right that corporations want to keep intact because it serves their interests. If you are thinking this is okay with you, from the perspective of your business, keep in mind that you are an individual too, and you need fair access to the legal system in either capacity.