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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West Virginia House Passes Joint and Several Liability Reform Bill

January 28, 2015 | Insights

The West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday passed a joint and several liability reform bill (House Bill 2002) on a 74-25 vote. The bill now heads to the State Senate. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

In The News Today - January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015 | Insights

"The record is overwhelmingly clear and supportive that BP did what it needed to do, stepped up to the plate," testified Retired Coast Guard Captain Frank Paskewich in a trial to determine fines against BP for the Gulf Oil Spill. Paskewich told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier that BP's "conducted an extraordinarily effective response." Read More »

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West Virginia Editorial Takes on Legal Reform Critics

January 16, 2015 | Insights

The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail editorial board takes on critics of legal reform, writing, "Pro-business groups are interested in creating a more business-friendly legal climate. But the anti-reform side has interests, too - particularly the trial lawyers who benefit handsomely from the current system." Read More »

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In The News Today - January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015 | Insights

JP Morgan Chase's latest earnings report fell below analysts' expectations, due largely to the fact that "JP Morgan has paid roughly $20 billion over the last 12 months to resolve" federal investigations. Read More »

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

In The News Today - January 13, 2015

January 13, 2015 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal filed by several banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Wells Fargo & Co., over a lawsuit filed by the National Credit Union Administration over the banks' sale of mortgage-backed securities to several "now-failed" credit unions. Read More »

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

In The News Today - January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that "considers whether employers can defend discrimination lawsuits by asserting that government lawyers did not try hard enough to settle claims before going to court." Read More »

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

EDITORIAL: Was the WV Supreme Court Manipulated?

January 02, 2015 | Insights

In a New Year's Day editorial, the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail asks if the state Supreme Court's recusal system was manipulated in a high-profile case highlighted in a national ABC News report. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, West Virginia

In The News Today - December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014 | Insights

"One of the most significant battles in the upcoming legislative session will be over legal reform in West Virginia," writes local radio show host Hoppy Kercheval in the Charleston Daily Mail. Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, West Virginia

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

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