The “tort reform” movement to shield corporations from accountability by eliminating access to the court for consumers, workers and patients has been in existence for decades.
Leading the charge are five shadowy front groups founded and backed by some of the largest multinational corporations. Be sure to check out our Five Corporate Front Groups page to learn more about each of these organizations.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), whose sole mission is to eliminate the constitutional right to a trial by jury is the largest, most funded, and well-organized group working to restrict your rights at the federal level.
- The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the ultimate shadowy front group pushing the tort reform movement at the state level.
- The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) was founded in 1986 and for many years was at the front line of the tort reform movement.
- Founded in 1994, the Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG) is the silent partner to its more boastful colleagues-in-arms. The secretive group has no employees, no office, and leaves the lightest paper trail possible.
- The Searle Civil Justice Institute found a new home at George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center in 2010. One of its primary roles is to coordinate empirical research efforts to limit your access to justice.