From Grover Norquist, Charles and David Koch, to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) it should come as no surprise they all work together. This is another example of them working together. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are quite comfortable using each other as a source of information.
Grover Norquist previously work for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and besides working for Koch Industries as Senior Vice President, General Council and Secretary, Mark V. Holden represents Koch and sits on U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal council the Institute for Legal Reform. Norquist and the Koch Brothers are also very involved in ALEC.
From Grover Norquist, the Koch Brothers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and ALEC, they have all gotten the Republican leaders from federal, to statewide offices, to your local political offices in your state offices jumping at what ever they say and do.
Here is a look at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) relying on information from each other.
ILR Welcomes Richard Winget as Vice President of State Affairs
November 30, 2009
Former Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Executive to Lead State Legislative Efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is pleased to welcome Richard Winget as vice president of state affairs. In this role, Winget will direct legislative advocacy, grassroots efforts and communications strategy to advance legal reforms at the state level.
“During his nearly three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical field – including 15 years as a senior federal and state government affairs executive – Rich has proven his skill at fighting for principles that expand America’s free enterprise system,” said ILR President Lisa Rickard. “Rich’s talents and experience are a welcome addition to the ILR team as we work to improve the lawsuit climate in states in need of legal reform.”
Prior to joining ILR, Winget was vice president of government affairs and advocacy at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Collegeville, Pa. In that position, he led the company’s federal and state government lobbying efforts by focusing on key legislative priorities to further business imperatives. In 2003, Winget received the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) private sector member of the year award – an honor earned by those who have demonstrated a record of achievement in advancing the principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty through their contributions as an ALEC member.
From 1984-2000, Winget worked for the Bayer Corporation in a number of roles, including leading the state government team and lobbying several states in the upper Midwest where he successfully defeated legislative proposals to expand lawsuits.
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.
The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
U.S. Chamber: Reign in Activist State Attorneys General
May 26, 2005
Curb “Regulation through Litigation’ and Contingency Fee Deals
WASHINGTON, D.C.— At a conference on the proper role of state attorneys general, the United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released research showing the serious threat posed by activist state attorneys general and called for legislative reforms that will restore the public’s faith in government. The conference also featured remarks by three current state attorneys general, Steve Carter (R-IN), Thurbert Baker (D-GA) and Tom Corbett (R-PA).
“It is time to reign in activist attorneys general,” said Lisa Rickard, president of ILR. “They operate with little regard for the authority of state and federal legislators, and their contingency fee deals with private plaintiffs’ attorneys undermine the public’s faith in government.”
At the conference, several important topics were explored, including the proper role of the state attorney general, the current and future role of the National Association of Attorneys General and whether or not attorneys general are undermining the rule of law.
In Government by Indictment, presented at the conference, AEI scholar Michael Greve warns of the dangers of AG activism and says that many AG indictments are filed without intent to litigate, but rather to extract settlements from defendants.
In Bounty Hunters on the Prowl: the Troubling Alliance of State Attorneys General and Plaintiffs’ Lawyers attorney John Beisner says that in many instances, plaintiffs’ attorneys approach state AGs with a proposed lawsuit, spearhead the effort and benefit financially from any settlement.
At today’s conference, ILR called upon state legislatures to adopt the “Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act,” the American Legislative Exchange Counsel’s model legislation for regulation of contingency fee contracts between state AGs and plaintiffs’ attorneys. The Chamber also urged state legislatures to help curb AG activism by asserting their constitutional powers to regulate corporate behavior.
The mission of the ILR is to make America’s legal system simpler, fairer and faster for everyone. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation, representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
Asbestos and Silica Litigation Reform: Helping the Sick, Curbing Fraud, and Providing Liability Fairness
Source: American Legislative Exchange Council | Released: Feb 01, 2007
EDITORIAL: Asbestos trusts say they have nothing to hide, but act like they do
Southeast Texas Record | May 16, 2012
Dem congressman Cohen criticizes ‘parasite’ asbestos lawyers, recalls Warren Zevon’s death
Marathon Pundit | May 16, 2012
You will be able to see the source for the information comes from ALEC. The body of information for the article isn’t there so if you click on the title to take you to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s website but this article link is broken because it says ‘Page not Found’. Below though I have included an image showing that information does appear on the ILR website where it shows the owner being the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Remarks by former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor on Curbing the Abuse of Government Lawsuits Against Industries
Source: American Legislative Exchange Council | Released: Jun 01, 1999
It seems the rest of the article is missing, but I was able to locate it at another website as you will see below.
Press Release by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform
Creating Conditions for Economic Growth: The Role of the Legal Environment
Released at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit, this working paper examines the economic impacts of all 50 states’ legal environments. Commissioned by ILR and conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, the report uses a first-of-its-kind econometric model to estimate the economic savings each state can realize by improving its legal environment.
It is widely recognized that the cost of the U.S. tort system is excessive relative to other countries. It is also excessive when examined in absolute terms based on its high transaction costs as well as some of its unique features, such as punitive damages and civil jury trials that can lead to excessive outcomes.
This study is based on a data set of state liability costs never before made available to public policy researchers, which provides an excellent basis for a reliable state-by-state comparison of costs. We analyzed that data and developed an econometric model that effectively uses the data to tell the full story: how liability costs vary by state and how great potential cost savings could be from incremental improvements in the legal environment in individual states. Some states are perceived to be much less fair and reasonable than others, having much higher levels of tort filings in relation to their size, which consistently produces a greater proportion of the most extreme verdict awards and, based on our analysis in this study, higher tort costs overall. In this study, we show that by simply raising the bar in the states with the costliest legal environments, and achieving savings that some states have already been able to achieve, tort costs in individual states could be reduced by up to 26%.
Source: U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Released: Oct 26, 2011
Even though that information from IRL website doesn’t allow you to read the full article I have located that same article at another Conservative Think Tank, Hearland.org website another.
The Heartland Institute is an American conservative and libertarian public policy think tank based in Chicago, which advocates free market policies.
The following information below as mention by previously by ILR but the page showing not found can be found on another page of ALEC. I have in included that information here.