West Virginia

West Virginia is ranked #45 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising five spots from 2015. Over the past several legislative sessions, West Virginia passed a number of important tort reform bills and the state has finally shed its position as #50 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 - October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 | News and Blog

Good news, bad news in West Virginia's business climate Read More »

In the News Today - September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 | News and Blog

Bringing New Jobs to West Virginia Read More »

"Rickard, Roberts: Sensible reforms pull WV out of litigation wilderness"

September 20, 2017 | News and Blog

West Virginia's five spot jump in the newly released Lawsuit Climate Survey is a "serious accomplishment," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts in an op-ed in the Gazette Mail. Read More »

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in West Virginia

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its best showing ever, West Virginia's lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before today's release, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years. Read More »

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 »

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