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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U.S. Chamber Applauds West Virginia Legislature's Passage of Landmark Legal Reform, Urges Governor to Sign

February 25, 2015 | Press Release

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

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

In The News Today - February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 | Insights

West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole is betting that tort reforms will lead to economic growth in Southern W. Va. Read More »

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

In The News Today - February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal editorial board opines on Chevron's settlement with "tort mercenary" James Russell DeLeon, who had "invested some $23 million to finance left-wing activist Steven Donziger in his Captain Ahab pursuit of Chevron." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, Louisiana, West Virginia

In The News Today - February 12, 2015

February 12, 2015 | Insights

"As a full body of the House, we continue to work on the tort reform issues to end the lawsuit abuse possibilities that hinder jobs from coming to our State," writes West Virginia Delegate Michael Moffatt in an op-ed providing a state legislative update. Read More »

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

Joint & Several Bill Passes WV Senate, Heads to Conference Committee

February 10, 2015 | Insights

The West Virginia Senate yesterday passed a joint and several liability bill on a vote of 24-9, and the bill was sent back to the House of Delegates to create a conference committee to reach a compromise with the House-passed version of the bill. Read More »

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

In The News Today - February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015 | Insights

Eleven state attorneys generals have lined up behind Mississippi AG Jim Hood in his probe of Google, putting them at odds with the company and the electronics industry. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, State Attorneys General, State Legal Reforms, Mississippi, New York, West Virginia

In The News Today - February 2, 2015

February 02, 2015 | Insights

The New York Post reports that the New York state Supreme Court's civil division in lower Manhattan is reportedly under federal investigation in connection with the indictment of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, New York, West Virginia

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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