Louisiana is ranked #49 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.  Within the state, New Orleans or Orleans Parish made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.  Louisiana is in the bottom five of all ten of the elements evaluated in the survey, sitting at the absolute bottom for timeliness of summary judgment or dismissal, judges’ impartiality, judges’ competence, and juries’ fairness.

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2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Louisiana

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In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | Insights

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

Outgoing Louisiana AG's 'Buddy System' Highlighted

December 02, 2015 | Insights

The Louisiana Watchdog highlights outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's questionable use of outside private contingency counsel to sue companies on behalf of the state. Specifically, the report highlights Caldwell's use of private law firms in the Gulf oil spill litigation. Read More »

Outgoing Louisiana AG Violating State Law with Outside Counsel Contracts?

November 25, 2015 | Insights

Loyola Law School professor Dan Ciolino says outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's practice of forcing "defendant" companies to pay legal fees to private lawyers working for the state" is "a blatant violation of state ethics laws." Read More »

In the News Today - November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 | Insights

SEC In-House Judge's Comments Further Fuel Criticisms of Bias in the System: According to a recent court filing, Judge Brenda Murray, the chief in-house judge for the Securities and Exchange Commission, last year "told eight stockbrokers to give up on the idea that she would toss the case against them without first holding a hearing." She reportedly "explained to the brokers that the commissioners who run the SEC and approve all the civil charges filed by the agency don't want its judges second-guessing them." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 | Insights

Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (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 »

Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Includes 'Reimbursement' to Politically-Connected Law Firms Hired by Louisiana

October 09, 2015 | Insights

Part of the recent five-state settlement reached by BP over the Gulf oil spill will go to reimburse politically-connected plaintiffs' firms hired by the state of Louisiana, reports Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - October 5, 2015

October 05, 2015 | Insights

The Baton Rouge Advocate notes the Lawsuit Climate Survey in a story on the battle between business interests and trial lawyers in the Louisiana governor's race. The article states that "the dispute centers on the push by business interests to limit lawsuits that business leaders say discourage investment and kill jobs". (The Advocate) Read More »

In the News Today - October 2, 2015

October 02, 2015 | Insights

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel spotlights ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings, giving credit to those states which have passed legal reforms, and highlights ILR's "States Center" parody ad that promotes the rankings. (Metropolitan Corporate Counsel) Read More »

Can a Louisiana Plaintiffs' Attorney Stop LSU Running Back Fournette?

September 30, 2015 | Insights

Enjoy this funny plaintiffs' lawyer ad spoof from AL.com ... Read More »

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