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U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform


Founded in 1998, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is a pro-business legal advocacy group that is related to, but distinct from, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ILR has been described as a “project set up by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defend business interests in court.” Not surprisingly, the group describes itself differently, claiming that it counters the inefficiency of America’s legal system—“the world’s costliest”—by helping to create “a fair legal system that promotes economic growth and opportunity.” 

ILR maintains strong ties with American companies that misbehave abroad, including taking action that runs afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). According to an investigation by the offices of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in 2012, eight of 55 ILR board members were affiliated with companies that had settled FCPA lawsuits with the government and another six faced investigations. 

January 6, 2021

The Big Lie