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 - October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014 | Insights

Citing the U.S. Constitution's due process clause and stating that punitive damages in the case "should be roughly 25 times the amount of compensatory damages and no more," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty "slashed" a $9 billion punitive damages award against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. over the diabetes drug Actos to $36.8 million." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Pennsylvania

An Uptick in Foreign Judgment Enforcement Cases?

October 15, 2014 | Insights

In a piece titled, "Recognition Comes Before Enforcement With Foreign Judgments," Legal Intelligencer's Paige H. Forster writes that the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has noted an increase in attempts by plaintiffs "to enforce a judgment rendered outside the United States." Read More »

Tags: Delaware, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - October 6, 2014

October 06, 2014 | Insights

A Pennsylvania appeals court "handed a win on Friday to CBS Corp., General Electric Co. and others" in a lawsuit claiming a woman's exposure to asbestos dust "while cleaning her husband's clothes" caused a woman to develop cancer. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 | Insights

A U.S. District Judge has ordered a New Orleans law firm to return $357,000 that was paid to a client "based on allegedly fraudulent claims" as part of the BP Gulf Oil Spill settlement. Read More »

Tags: Louisiana, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - July 1, 2014

July 01, 2014 | Insights

When Oregon home builder Justin Wood was targeted by a patent troll seeking to cash in on a common construction technique that has been "used for decades" - Wood decided to fight back. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, Oregon, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014 | Insights

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced lawsuits against multiple major oil companies, alleging pollution from the companies' use of the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Read More »

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania

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

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