Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s lawsuit climate currently ranks 40th among the fifty states.  The Keystone State has consistently been in the bottom half for lawsuit fairness, and Philadelphia has been named one of the most unfair legal jurisdictions in America.

Pennsylvania at a Glance

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$1,719 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.57% - 1.53% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 | Insights

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed nearly 6,000 asbestos lawsuits, finding that Ohio - not Pennsylvania - has jurisdiction in the case. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, False Claims Act, Pennsylvania

In the News Today - November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013 | Insights

Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in Chevron's suit accusing a plaintiffs' lawyer of using bribery, fraud, and extortion to win a $9.5 billion verdict in Ecuador. Read More »

Tags: Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, Asbestos, Pennsylvania, Delaware

In the News Today - November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013 | Insights

Ecuador's highest court affirmed a verdict against Chevron but cut the $19 billion verdict in half. Chevron is fighting the judgment in a New York court, accusing the plaintiffs' lead lawyer of witness tampering and fraud. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Environmental Litigation, Delaware, Pennsylvania

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on How States' Lawsuit Climates Influence Job Creators

October 24, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new Harris Interactive survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Seventy percent of the more than eleven hundred company general counsels and senior attorneys who participated in the survey said a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact important business decisions at their company, including where to locate or expand their businesses. Watch »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Pennsylvania

Lisa Rickard Releases the 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

Author: Harris Interactive Inc. | October 24, 2012 | Video

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, releases the 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study. This video is from a press conference held in Philadelphia, PA on September 10, 2012 Watch »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Lawsuit Climate Among Nation's Worst

Author: Mike Lepage | September 10, 2012 | Press Release

Seven in 10 business leaders say lawsuit climate ‘significant factor' in determining where to expand, grow Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, State Legal Reforms, Pennsylvania

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate

September 10, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 40, while Philadelphia's courts were mentioned as the fifth worst in the nation for legal fairness. Watch »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Legal Ethics, Pennsylvania

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

March 01, 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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