Washington is ranked #28 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising one spot from 2015. The state ranked 40th in the key element category of overall treatment of tort and contract litigation.

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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 - September 19, 2014

September 19, 2014 | News and Blog

The Coca-Cola Co. is urging an Alabama magistrate judge to "rethink his recommendation keeping alive" a proposed TCPA class action suit over alleged unsolicited text messages. Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 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 »

Chamber Brief Urges Supreme Court to Reject Campaign Finance Law

July 07, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2003 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce today urged the Supreme Court to strike down provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that unconstitutionally restrict free speech, urging the high court to uphold previous rulings that the First Amendment takes precedence over the government's ability to regulate elections. Read More »

Chamber Builds Muscle on Legal Team

March 02, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce has named a new president for its affiliate, the Institute for Legal Reform. Lisa Rickard will handle the day-to-day operations of the business group's efforts to restore fairness, efficiency and consistency to the U.S. civil justice system. Read More »

Chamber Brings on More Legal Affairs Firepower

February 04, 2003 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce announced it has created a new position - executive vice president and chief legal officer - and has tapped Stanton D. Anderson to lead the Chamber's efforts on legal reform and defense of business interests in the courts. Read More »

Wootton to Relinquish Administrative Duties with Institute for Legal Reform

October 27, 2002 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Chamber of Commerce has announced that James Wootton, a national leader in the fight for legal reform, will relinquish his administrative duties with the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform effective December 1. Read More »

Chamber Affiliate Launches Ad Campaign To Oppose Kennedy-McCain Legislation

June 14, 2001 | Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is launching a television and print media campaign to highlight the potentially devastating impact that the Kennedy-McCain Patients' Bill of Rights legislation would have on health care coverage in America. Read More »

Chamber Wins Free Speech Case

November 05, 2000 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 6, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce hailed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's ruling today that Mississippi may not prevent the Chamber from airing its educational issue ads. "Justice Scalia upheld our fundamental right to free speech," said Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce. "These ads provide crucial information to the citizens of Mississippi on the impact of judicial elections on jobs and justice and are protected under the First Amendment." Read More »

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