Florida is ranked #46 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, showing no change from 2017. It experienced the biggest shift in the key element category of Treatment of Class Action Suits and Mass Consolidation Suits, where it dropped four positions, while seeing improvements in Trial Judges’ Impartiality, as well as Quality of Appellate Review, both increasing by two spots. Additionally, Trial Judges’ Competence improved by one spot. Miami or Dade County, Florida, is among the cities and counties survey respondents found to have the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.


Florida at a Glance

All Results for Florida

  1. Poll: Florida's Lawsuit Climate Hits All-Time Low, Ranks Among Nation's Worst

    September 10, 2015 | Press Release

    75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow... Read More

  2. 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

  3. In the News Today - August 5, 2015

    August 05, 2015 | News and Blog

    U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) is asking the U.S. Justice Department to hold hearings on the proposed Gulf oil spill settlement. He believes "the fines should have been much larger" and wants language forbidding BP from "writing off" any of the settlement for tax purposes. (Tampa Bay Times)... Read More

  4. In the News Today - June 2, 2015

    June 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo will give a speech today claiming that U.S. prosperity is threatened by "flawed and ad hoc implementation of regulatory reform" that "is increasing the systemic risk that the Dodd Frank Act promised to reduce." (Wall Street Journal)... Read More

  5. In the News Today - April 22, 2015

    April 22, 2015 | News and Blog

    Class action plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has added new challenges to its lawsuit against Imperial Holdings over the life insurance settlement company's adoption of a "minimum-stake-to-sue" bylaw. That bylaw requires "shareholders to amass written consent from a minimum percentage of their fellow investors in order to sue the board." (Reuters)... Read More

  6. In the News Today - April 15, 2015

    April 15, 2015 | News and Blog

    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

  7. In The News Today - December 16, 2014

    December 16, 2014 | News and Blog

    The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. ... Read More

  8. In The News Today - November 17, 2014

    November 17, 2014 | News and Blog

    In his nationally syndicated column, the Palm Beach Post's Frank Cerabino analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration of a case in which the feds are using the Sarbanes-Oxley law to prosecute a Florida fisherman accused of throwing three undersized fish overboard to avoid a citation. ... Read More

  9. In The News Today - November 14, 2014

    November 14, 2014 | News and Blog

    A Florida federal jury ruled this week that Boston Scientific Corp. must pay $26.7 million to four women who were allegedly injured by a "defective pelvic mesh implant."... Read More

  10. Federal Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal of JP Morgan Foreclosure Cases

    June 17, 2014 | News and Blog

    A federal appeals court has dismissed 58 plaintiffs' lawyers cases against JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, in which the plaintiffs asserted that the bank had been acting "fraudulently and criminally when it foreclosed on their houses." ... Read More