Kentucky is ranked #39 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, sliding one spot since 2012.

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$451 Potential Tort Cost
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In The News Today - November 9, 2015

November 09, 2015 | Insights

New York AG Eric Schneiderman's investigation into Exxon Mobil's research and public statements on climate change "marks a dangerous new escalation of the left's attempt to stamp out all disagreement on global-warming science and policy," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - November 6, 2015

November 06, 2015 | Insights

"Importantly, BP pays the $2.3 (billion) whether the proof supports it or not." According to emails unsealed in the indictment of plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts over alleged Gulf oil spill settlement fraud, fellow lawyers, and even Watts' brother, grew wary of alleged oil spill plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs was found to be a dog, instead of a deckhand on a fishing boat. Thousands of "fact sheets" about those plaintiffs also were shared with and reviewed by an unnamed law firm in Chicago. Watts is under indictment for alleged fraud and identity theft in the litigation. (Madison-St. Clair Record) Read More »

Survey: Kentucky's Lawsuit Climate Ranks Among Lower-Tier Nationally

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow 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 »

In the News Today - August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015 | Insights

Garlock Sealing Technologies hopes a Kentucky appellate court reinstates its lawsuit against a Louisville plaintiffs' firm who represented a plaintiff in a $700,000 asbestos case. Garlock alleges the plaintiffs' attorneys "waited until they had secured the verdict to begin submitting claims of bankruptcy trusts designed to compensate asbestos victims." (Legal Newsline) Read More »

In The News Today - January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015 | Insights

"Kentucky is a haven for personal injury lawyers who run settlement-mills that wring millions of dollars from our state's businesses and caregivers," writes Michael C. Adams, senior counsel to the Kentucky-based Partnership for Commonsense Justice. Read More »

In The News Today - September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014 | Insights

Seth J. Johnston, a disbarred Kentucky attorney who worked alongside Stanley Chesley, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for "siphoning money from a $42 million judgment stemming from a class action over the diet drug fen-phen, as well as other frauds that cost his victims a total of over $4 million." Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »

ILR Exposes Kentucky Trial Lawyers? Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups? Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Kentucky's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The Web site criticizes the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, now calling itself the Kentucky Justice Association, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

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