Texas is #40 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. East Texas is at the top of the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment, with 26 percent of the respondents naming it the worst jurisdiction. The state of Texas ranks in the bottom five for judges’ impartiality.

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In the News Today - November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 | Insights

Federal Judge Says His Overworked Colleagues on Bench Close to "Breaking Point": Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison England of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California said "he and the five other judges on his bench are sometimes working more than 80 hours a week trying to make a dent in the pile of pending cases." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In The News Today - November 9, 2015

November 09, 2015 | Insights

New York AG Eric Schneiderman's investigation into Exxon Mobil's research and public statements on climate change "marks a dangerous new escalation of the left's attempt to stamp out all disagreement on global-warming science and policy," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 | Insights

Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal) 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 »

Legal Dispute Exposes Plaintiffs Getting 'Traded Like Commodities'

October 23, 2015 | Insights

"A legal dispute within a plaintiffs' law firm that organizes massive torts is threatening to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of high-volume litigation," reports Bloomberg's Paul Barrett. Read More »

In the News Today - October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015 | Insights

A federal grand jury has indicted San Antonio plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts "on charges of making false claims and identity theft in relation to the litigation involving BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico." The charges allege that Watts "fraudulently bolstered the number of clients he had with claims against BP to get a seat on the steering committee," from which he helped negotiate a $2.3 billion partial settlement with BP. (Houston Chronicle) Read More »

FACT Act Sponsor: Legislation "Needed to Protect First Responders and Veterans"

October 02, 2015 | Insights

The U.S. House sponsor of the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), publishes an op-ed today spotlighting the need to fight "fraud and abuse" in the asbestos bankruptcy trust system. Read More »

In the News Today - September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 | Insights

"A new national ranking suggests generally improved views of state legal climates, yet the Lone Star State's litigation environment doesn't fare so well," notes the Watchdog in a story about Texas' ranking in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings. (Watchdog) Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Continues to Gain Wide Media Coverage

September 14, 2015 | Insights

"Illinois is a litigation haven that beckons to trial lawyers across the nation, and it's hurting your state's reputation," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, as quoted in a syndicated Illinois News Network story that ran in publications throughout Illinois over the weekend. 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 »

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