West Virginia

West Virginia is ranked #50 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. It is in the bottom five of all ten elements evaluated in the survey.

West Virginia at a Glance

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$320 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.88% - 2.39% Potential Increase
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All Results for West Virginia

Analysis: Top Asbestos Plaintiffs Firms Name As Many as 300 Defendants Per Suit

June 28, 2016 | News and Blog

A new analysis of data compiled by KCIC and Bates White found that the average number of defendants in lawsuits filed by a single Charleston, West Virginia law firm - The Segal Firm - surpassed 280, reports Legal Newsline/Forbes. Read More »

McGraw Loses West Virginia Supreme Court Bid

May 11, 2016 | News and Blog

Beth Walker last night won a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, "handily defeating second place Darrell McGraw," reports the West Virginia Record. Read More »

Study: Local Plaintiffs Firms Take to the Airwaves to Attack National Competitors

April 15, 2016 | News and Blog

A report released this week shows that plaintiffs' attorneys aren't just advertising to promote their services - they're also attacking each other. Read More »

WV Governor Signs AG Outside Counsel Bill into Law

March 09, 2016 | News and Blog

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill that will codify into law Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's outside counsel policy. Read More »

In the News Today - March 7, 2016

March 07, 2016 | News and Blog

WV Gov. Signs Two Legal Reform Bills: The Huntington News highlights two legal reform bills signed last week by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin: "Senate Bill 7, which prohibits the recovery of damages by a plaintiff whose injuries are caused in whole or in part by the plaintiff's wrongful conduct, and Senate Bill 14, which limits the liabilities of successor corporations in asbestos-related actions." Read More »

In the News Today - February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 | News and Blog

What an 8-Member SCOTUS Could Mean: "A protracted period with an eight-member Supreme Court could stymie decisions on a host of issues that long have divided the remaining justices 4-4 into conservative and liberal blocs, notes the Wall Street Journal, including "efforts to rein in consumer class actions." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | News and Blog

"We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 2, 2016

February 02, 2016 | News and Blog

McGraw's Entry into WV Supreme Court Race a 'Bombshell': WV MetroNews reporter Hoppy Kercheval today calls former Attorney General Darrel McGraw's entry into the state Supreme Court race "the biggest bombshell of the last minute election filings." Noting McGraw would be 92 years old by the end of his term, Kercheval says the filing "is a curious, unexpected move, but then again, the McGraws have always marched to their own beat." (WV MetroNews) Read More »

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