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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In the News Today - April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday the Senate confirmed Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein as the deputy attorney general in a bipartisan vote. Rosenstein, who with 11 years on the job is the longest-serving U.S. attorney, has worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations. He took on his current role after unanimous Senate confirmation in July 2005, but his tenure with the DOJ dates back to 1990. Read More »

Lawsuits Cost West Virginia

April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

As a West Virginia state legislator, Kayla Kessinger is no stranger to the debate surrounding the state's business and lawsuit climate. "In order to bring jobs into this state, we have to make West Virginia more competitive," Kessinger told Faces of Lawsuit Abuse. "And one of the biggest areas where we're lacking is in tort reform. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends West Virginia Governor for Passing Legislation to Curb Frivolous Lawsuits

April 24, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 563 to reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia. The bill was signed by Gov. James Justice on April 24. Read More »

In the News Today - April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 | News and Blog

Legislation currently on Gov. Jim Justice's desk, Senate Bill 563, would "fix some loopholes that resulted in gotcha lawsuits because of technical violations of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)." The West Virginia legislature showed bi-partisan support of the bill and Gov. Justice is expected to sign the legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 | News and Blog

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said they will "buck their party's efforts to block" Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch's nomination is set for a vote in committee on Monday and before the full Senate by next Friday. Read More »

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 »

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