South Carolina

South Carolina is ranked #36 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, improving three positions since 2012.

South Carolina at a Glance

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$455 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.71% - 1.93% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015 | Insights

FACT Act 'forces Graham to choose a side': Sen. Lindsey Graham's office says that he "continues to review this legislation" but wouldn't say whether he supports or opposes the FACT Act. According to, the American Association of Justice "contributed $27,500 to his campaign committee and leadership PAC during the period 2011-2016." (Palmetto Business Daily) Read More »

In the News Today - October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 | Insights

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly this week highlights criticism "of the secretive selection process that the South Carolina Attorney General's Office uses to hire private lawyers for cases that can generate millions in fees". ILR President Lisa A. Rickard is quoted, saying such arrangements raise "concerns about pay-to-play, conflicts of interest, the use of a public entity for personal gain and fairness in prosecutions." (South Carolina Lawyers Weekly) Read More »

Media, State Legal Reform Groups, Continue to Highlight ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings

September 28, 2015 | Insights

The release of ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings continues to generate wide media coverage. Here is a collection of some new coverage the rankings garnered over the weekend. Read More »

In the News Today - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 | Insights

The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman) Read More »

In the News Today - September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 | Insights

"The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times) 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 »

In The News Today - March 6, 2015

March 06, 2015 | Insights

"It's all about bringing transparency," said ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim, commenting on Arizona House Bill 2603. The bill requires plaintiffs' attorneys to disclose whether they have already or plan to seek damages from bankruptcy trusts established by asbestos-related companies. Read More »

Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

November 25, 2014 | Insights

A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws. Read More »

In The News Today - November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 | Insights

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has ruled that "entities that fund litigation in exchange for a piece of any recovery (i.e., third-party litigation financers, lawsuit lenders and litigation funders) are providing loans" and must comply with state law governing loans. Read More »

In the News Today - March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 | Insights

South Carolina was ranked 39th in ILR's 2012 survey of the 50 states' legal system, but an op-ed in The State says that lawsuit reforms to address the hiring of outside counsel and landowner liability "can restore faith and integrity in the state's civil justice system - at no expense to the taxpayer." Read More »

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