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Mark Behrens, of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.Mark Behrens, of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. (Courtesy photo)

In June, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce petitioned the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to require disclosure of outside funding in all cases. Among the roughly 30 organizations that signed the letter was the International Association of Defense Counsel, a 2,500-member organization whose members include general counsel and corporate defense lawyers.

Mark Behrens, chairman of IADC’s civil justice response committee, talked to ALM about how litigation financing disclosures could help reduce discovery costs for defendants. Behrens, who is co-chairman of the public policy group at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Washington D.C., also discussed how some courts have addressed recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have restricted the jurisdictions where corporations can be sued.

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