In the News Today - February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Opinion: Here's Why You'll be Paying More for Car Insurance if You Live in Baton Rouge, New Orleans: Citing ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, who said Louisiana’s lawsuit climate “has hit rock bottom,” Dan Fagan of The Advocate said lawsuit abuse is to blame for the state’s rising car insurance premiums. The state ranked last in 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by Harris Poll and released by ILR. (The Advocate)

Intermediate Court Concept Drawing Criticism, Praise in West Virginia: The debate continues in West Virginia regarding the creation of a new intermediate court of appeals, which would be one step below the state’s supreme court. ILR said the high court’s staggering workload “has consequences” which “many observers in the legal community view as giving short shrift to important cases and leaving the state without a complete body of written law.” (The State Journal)