Delaware was #1 in the first Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States in 2002 and has been #1 in every one of the 9 updates.  It is in the top five rankings for all of the elements evaluated in the survey, sitting first in six of the ten key elements categories.

Delaware at a Glance

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$73 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.28% - 0.76% Potential Increase
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ILR Urges Delaware Court to Do More to Stop 'Baseless' M&A Lawsuits, reports Bloomberg BNA

February 12, 2016 | Insights

Bloomberg BNA reports on ILR's recent statement regarding the Delaware Chancery Court's "heightened review of disclosure-only settlements." Read More »

In the News Today - January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 | Insights

Delaware Chancery Court Takes Step Toward ‘Curtailing Abusive Deal Litigation': Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, "handed down an opinion that makes all-but-unreachable the low hanging fruit of ‘disclosure settlements' for plaintiffs' lawyers who sue on ‘virtually every transaction.'" He essentially "told lawyers for future plaintiffs that if they want to be paid for bringing cases alleging defective disclosure, they will have to take them to trial." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - January 6, 2016

January 06, 2016 | Insights

‘The Judge Who Shoots Down Merger Lawsuits': The Wall Street Journal profiles Delaware Chancery Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, a "notoriously tough judge who has shown thinning patience" with disclosure-only merger lawsuits, which are thus being filed in decreasing numbers in the state. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015 | Insights

The Associated Press this weekend spotlighted the "increasingly aggressive" tactics of state governments to track down unclaimed property. Thanks to these aggressive tactics, a startup by two medical researchers who developed a Hepatitis B treatment was forced to sue the state of Delaware when the state aggressively took control of $1.7 million of the company's stock. The company took a big loss in the process. (Associated Press) Read More »

In the News Today - October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015 | Insights

In rejecting the settlement of a shareholder lawsuit against Hewletter-Packard Co., a Delaware judge said "the welter of litigation challenging corporate mergers has become a systemic problem." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015 | Insights

"After looking at the merits of civil justice issues in all states, Florida was ranked 44. Unfortunately, that's a decline," said Florida Justice Reform Institute's William Large, commenting in a story about ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey. (WJNO Radio-Palm Beach, FL) Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

Delaware's Corporate-Friendly Brand 'Facing an Unusual Amount of Pressure'

August 31, 2015 | Insights Read More »

'Growing Tide' of Shareholder Lawsuits Causing Companies to Sour on Delaware as their Corporate Homes

August 03, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports on a number of major corporations who are reconsidering the state of Delaware as their corporate homes. Read More »

Addressing Abusive M&A Lawsuits in the Wake of Delaware's "Fee-Shifting" Prohibition

July 20, 2015 | Insights

Business Insurance highlights recent Delaware legislation prohibiting corporate "fee shifting" bylaws and the impact in "addressing the rising costs of litigation associated with merger and acquisition activity." Read More »

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