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
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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 »

In the News Today - July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015 | Insights

There is growing "resistance" among Delaware Chancery Court judges to "M&A settlements in which plaintiffs grant defendants broad releases of shareholder claims in exchange for just additional disclosures in deal proxy materials." Last week, Delaware Vice-Chancellors John Noble and Travis Laster both refused to approve disclosure-only settlements, and a Fordham law professor recently filed an objection to the settlement of shareholder litigation over Thoma Bravo's $3.6 billion acquisition of Riverbed Technologies to "provoke debate" on this disclosure-only settlements. (Reuters) Read More »

Delaware Court Dismisses GM Defect Shareholder Suit

July 07, 2015 | Insights

Delaware Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against General Motors Co. over last year's ignition switch recalls, signaling a positive outlook for the company as it stares down hundreds more cases in connection with the recalls. Read More »

In The News Today - June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | Insights

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard was quoted on Delaware's recent passage of a law banning fee-shifting corporate bylaws but permitting forum selection, a provision some say ensures the state's ability to filter out meritless lawsuits. "The business world will be watching carefully to see if that promise holds true," she said. (Insurance Journal) Read More »

Reuters Quotes ILR's Lisa Rickard in Story about Fee-Shifting Ban

June 26, 2015 | Insights

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard was quoted by Reuters on the recent signage of a law that bans Delaware companies from adopting fee-shifting bylaws. The bylaws are a method of curbing meritless shareholder litigation by forcing investors who bring unsuccessful lawsuits to pay the company's legal costs. Read More »

In The News Today - June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015 | Insights

ILR's Harold Kim told Business Insurance that an anti-fee shifting bill in Delaware "would eliminate an important mechanism that corporations invoke to protect innocent shareholders against the costs of abusive legislation without providing an adequate replacement tool to deter the filing and prosecution of these illegitimate actions." (Business Insurance) Read More »

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