Pennsylvania is ranked #38 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Philadelphia was found to be one of the cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments in the country.

Pennsylvania at a Glance

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$1,719 Potential Tort Cost
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"Lawsuit Abuse Threatens Manufacturing"

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

In a Pittsburgh Business Times op-ed, the president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association said the state's "trial lawyer-friendly environment allows frivolous litigation that costs all Pennsylvanians." Read More »

In the News Today - September 19, 2017

September 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Another View: Blame courts, Legislature for Pa. failing on jobs Read More »

Survey: Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Stuck in Nation's Bottom Tier

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate ranked 37th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

In the News Today - August 3, 2017

August 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, Philadelphia court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New said he would weigh whether two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the ability of trial courts to retain jurisdiction over claims from out-of-state plaintiffs affect nearly 100 cases in Philadelphia's pelvic mesh mass tort program. Read More »

In the News Today - June 7, 2017

June 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer set aside money from fraud settlements to give to community groups and nonprofits. In the past, this practice was harshly criticized as it was "essentially handing out money to political allies without going through Congress." Read More »

In the News Today - May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 | News and Blog

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has approved a measure to ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to get rid of direct election of statewide judges. Instead, potential judges would be vetted by a special commission. The governor would then nominate his choice of judge from that commission's list of qualified candidates. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

May 04, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Read More »

Asbestos Trust Transparency Reform - It's Working in Ohio; It Will Work in Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017 | News and Blog

Four years ago, Ohio became the first state in the nation to reform its asbestos trust laws to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers' gaming the system by bringing transparency and fairness to the process of filing claims against the trusts. Read More »

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 »

In the News Today - March 3, 2017

March 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) President Curt Schroder, writes on the "great cause for concern" within Pennsylvania's civil justice system. Noting that Pennsylvania ranked 37th in the nation on the 2015 Harris poll and that "on the court docket in Philadelphia, nearly half of the plaintiffs are out-of-state litigation tourists," Schroder concludes that "the legal liability climates of most other states are more favorable to economic growth" than in Pennsylvania. Read More »

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