West Virginia

West Virginia has the worst lawsuit climate in America, ranking 50th out of the 50 states.  It has never ranked higher than 49th.

West Virginia at a Glance

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$320 Potential Tort Cost
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In The News Today - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, California

Is West Virginia A "Heaven For Plaintiffs' Attorneys"?

December 04, 2014 | Insights

So asks the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board following an ABC News report about the alleged relationship between West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and a Mississippi plaintiffs' attorney. Read More »

Tags: Trial Bar Influence, Legal Ethics, West Virginia, Mississippi

In The News Today - December 1, 2014

December 01, 2014 | Insights

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard will moderate a panel, "Today's First Amendment Environment," at the U.S. Chamber Foundation event, "Free Speech & Business," to be held this Wednesday, December 3rd. Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act, Legal Ethics, West Virginia

In The News Today - November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014 | Insights

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is calling for a renewed push for patent reform, in the wake of the FTC's settlement with MPHJ and its law firm Farney Daniels P.C. over allegations they "used deceptive sales claims and phony legal tactics in demand letters accusing thousands of businesses of patent infringement." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, West Virginia, Vermont

Democrat Flips, GOP Gains Control of West Virginia State Senate

November 06, 2014 | Insights

Election night resulted in Republican control of the West Virginia House of Representatives, and a a 17-17 tie for control of the State Senate. Republicans now control both chambers, however, after State Senator Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation yesterday afternoon. Read More »

Tags: West Virginia

In The News Today - September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014 | Insights

The West Virginia Supreme Court announced that justices will no longer deliver "pur curiam", or unsigned, opinions. Chief Justice Robin Davis issued an opinion this week that "every opinion now delivered by the court will include the name of the justice who authored it. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Illinois, West Virginia

In the News Today - March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 | Insights

A majority of West Virginia voters think lawsuits are hurting job creation in the state, a new poll found. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, West Virginia, Delaware

WV House Rejects False Claims Act Bill

February 26, 2014 | Insights

The West Virginia House of Delegates voted against the Government Fraud and Prevention Act, a state version of the federal False Claims Act. Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act, West Virginia

In the News Today - January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014 | Insights

According to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, the SEC is preparing for "a very busy year in enforcement" in 2014. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Securities Litigation Reform, False Claims Act, West Virginia

In the News Today - January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014 | Insights

"Fighting fraud is a great idea," editorializes the Charleston Daily Mail. But a proposed state bill modeled after the federal False Claims Act won't improve the accountability of the government. Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act, Securities Litigation Reform, West Virginia

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