Massachusetts is ranked #17 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. It is in the top 5 states for its handling of scientific evidence and for the competence of its judges.

Massachusetts at a Glance

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$955 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.58% - 1.58% Potential Increase
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Convenience Store Loses $32.4 Million Lawsuit over Storefront Window Crash

May 04, 2016 | Insights

Should a business be held responsible when a driver loses control of his vehicle and crashes through its storefront? According to a Massachusetts jury, yes. 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 »

Massachusetts AG Considering Lawsuit Against Painkiller Manufacturers

January 05, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey is considering suing manufacturers of prescription painkillers over their marketing practices – similar to litigation being pursued by the city of Chicago and two California counties. 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 »

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