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
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.88% - 2.39% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 | Insights

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, has faced a deluge of criticism from the federal judiciary of late for his borderline tactics, most recently from Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan who condemned Bharara for orchestrating a "media blitz" in the days following Sheldon Silver's indictment on corruption charges. (New York Times) Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Lending, Legal Ethics, New York, West Virginia

In the News Today - April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 | Insights

Thousands of businesses across the Tampa Bay area have received more than $5 billion to date in from BP in the past five years, including those located "as far inland as Plant City, even though no oil washed up on their shores." Despite this, the area has more claims filed in the settlement than any other region or state. (wtsp.com) Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Florida, West Virginia

Lisa A. Rickard: West Virginia Should Be Commended for Improving Its Lawsuit System

March 30, 2015 | Insights

When it comes to West Virginia's lawsuit climate, my organization, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, hasn't been the state's biggest booster - to put it mildly. We have regularly highlighted how lawsuit abuse was hurting the pocketbooks of West Virginians and discouraging job creation and investment in the state. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, West Virginia

In the News Today - March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015 | Insights

As U.S. banks prepare their first quarter reports, many are concerned that sharing information about their coffers for potential legal settlements with the government will "paint a target" on their backs, causing regulators to aim for larger settlements than they would otherwise. (Global Legal Post) Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, State Legal Reforms, Georgia, New Mexico, West Virginia

In the News Today - March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 | Insights

West Virginia lawmakers passed a prolific 261 bills in a Republican-led legislative session that ended Saturday, including a number of key legal reform bills. (Charleston Daily Mail) Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia

ILR Praises WV Legislature's Continued 'Historic' Passage of Legal Reforms, Urges Governor to Sign Bills

March 13, 2015 | Insights

"West Virginia stands at the edge of closing a historic session for legal reforms that will benefit all of its citizens. Guarding against ‘double dip' asbestos claims and run-away jury awards will discourage fraudulent lawsuits and help to brighten the state's economic future.
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Tags: Asbestos, West Virginia

U.S. Chamber Praises WV Legislature's Continued 'Historic' Passage of Legal Reforms, Urges Governor to Sign Bills

March 12, 2015 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about West Virginia's legislature passing SB 411 to combat "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system and SB 421 to protect against run-away jury awards, as well as urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign them: Read More »

Tags: West Virginia

ILR Commends West Virginia for Enacting 'Historic' Legal Reform Law

March 06, 2015 | Insights

"We commend West Virginia for taking this historic step towards a brighter economic future for its citizens. This law will promote legal fairness by properly allocating fault to all parties involved in a lawsuit." Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

U.S. Chamber Commends West Virginia for Enacting

March 05, 2015 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signing House Bill 2002 into law to reform the state's joint and several liability laws. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

West Virginia Senate Passes Asbestos Trust Transparency Legislation

March 02, 2015 | Insights

On Friday, the West Virginia Senate unanimously passed the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act and the Asbestos and Silica Claims Priorities Act. The bill sets out standards and procedures for the handling of certain asbestos and silica claims and, importantly, requires the disclosure of any existing or potential asbestos bankruptcy trust claims. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, West Virginia

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