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 - September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015 | Insights

The resignation of former New York Speaker Sheldon Silver after being indicted on "fraud and racketeering" charges related to an asbestos plaintiffs' firm, along with the troubling findings in the Garlock bankruptcy case, could provide momentum for Congress to pass the Fairness in Asbestos Claims Trust (or, FACT) ACT this month. (The Huffington Post) Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Garners Wide National Media Coverage

September 11, 2015 | Insights

Yesterday, ILR and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner sent a strong message through the news media about the need to improve the civil liability climate in Illinois and throughout the country. Our press conference to launch the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was a great success and well attended by both national and local media. Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

How Will WV Supreme Court Ruling on Unclaimed Property Impact Property Rights?

August 12, 2015 | Insights

The Legal Intelligencer writes about the West Virginia Supreme Court's June 16th ruling in Perdue v. Nationwide Life Insurance, in which the court ruled "that the state's unclaimed-property statute trumped contract terms and regulatory law, imposing affirmative duties on insurers." Read More »

In The News Today - June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 | Insights

After being signed 60 days ago by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia's Senate Bill 411, also known as the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act, has taken effect. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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