ILR's Harold Kim: Businesses Don't Think They'll Get a "Fair Shake" in Louisiana Courts

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January 25, 2019

Harold Kim, the chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), said businesses and their attorneys fear they won’t get a “fair shake” in Louisiana courts.

At the “Crisis Point: Lawsuit Abuse in Louisiana” event yesterday, Kim called the Louisiana lawsuit system “an extortion game to leverage huge amounts of money from companies” because of the high threshold for jury trials and loose venue rules that encourage forum shopping. Research conducted by economists at The Brattle Group and released by ILR found that Louisiana paid $6.9 billion in costs and compensation in the tort system, which broke down to about $4,000 per Louisiana household.

The state also ranked last in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, which was conducted by Harris Poll and released by ILR.