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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GM Sues Asbestos Trusts in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York

March 07, 2017 | News and Blog

General Motors (GM) filed suits on Monday against asbestos trusts in three separate states seeking recovery of trust money paid to the estate of an employee who also received payments from the automaker to settle asbestos exposure claims. Read More »

'The judicial system is being manipulated,' says former Delaware judge in making case for FACT Act

March 22, 2016 | News and Blog

"I think Senator Durbin and the trial attorneys have a lot of control in this area, and they are a very strong, well-organized group. They make huge amounts of money in this litigation. It's a cash cow," former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy Abelman told Illinois Business Daily about opponents of the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act. Read More »

Court Tosses Champerty Claim, Allows DuPont Lawsuit to Proceed Despite Presence of Litigation Financing

March 18, 2016 | News and Blog

A Delaware court recently allowed a lawsuit to proceed against DuPont that was funded by outside groups, including one of the largest funders, Burford Capital. The plaintiffs in the matter sold their lawsuit to Burford and others in exchange for a percentage of the award if the litigation was successful. Read More »

ILR Urges Delaware Court to Do More to Stop 'Baseless' M&A Lawsuits, reports Bloomberg BNA

February 12, 2016 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

‘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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

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 | News and Blog

"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 »

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