Massachusetts is ranked #14 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. The state is in the top five states in the key element categories of scientific and technical evidence, juries' fairness, and the quality of appellate review.

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  1. Why is a Securities Class Action Lawsuit In Massachusetts Causing a Stir in the Arkansas Legislature?

    August 06, 2018 | Blogs

    Boston and Little Rock are more than 1,200 miles apart, but a $300 million settlement in a securities class action lawsuit has developments in the former causing concerns in the latter. ... Read More

  2. Battle Over Alleged State Street Overbilling Continues, Judge Pushes Back on Recusal Request

    July 03, 2018 | News

    In the wake of the special master's report on the $300 million State Street securities class action, last week lead class counsel Labaton Sucharow asked the special master in charge of investigating potentially misleading attorney fee distributions to recuse himself, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  3. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  4. Some Politicians Agree to Return Donations from Boston Asbestos Plaintiffs' Firm; Others Await Results of Investigation

    November 04, 2016 | News and Blog

    A federal investigation into the Boston-based Thornton Law Firm is officially underway for allegedly systematically paying ‘bonuses' to partners that matched their campaign donations to lawsuit-friendly politicians. Since the Boston Globe broke the story, at least 21 politicians have said they would return or give away "more than $600,000 in donations."... Read More

  5. Did Boston-based asbestos plaintiffs' firm tie partners' bonuses to political contributions?

    October 31, 2016 | News and Blog

    Three founding partners, and one partner's wife, at the Boston-based asbestos plaintiffs' firm, Thornton Law Firm, contributed almost $1.6 million to Democratic Party fundraising committees and candidates from 2010 through 2014. Over the same period, the lawyers received $1.4 million listed as "bonuses" in Thornton Law Firm records; more than 280 of the political contributions precisely matched bonuses that were paid within 10 days, reports The Boston Globe. ... Read More

  6. ExxonMobil Sues Massachusetts AG Over Climate Probe

    June 16, 2016 | News and Blog

    ExxonMobil has sued Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Tracy Healy in federal court over Healy's "demand for decades of records" related to her probe of the company's past statements and research over climate change. ... Read More

  7. Convenience Store Loses $32.4 Million Lawsuit over Storefront Window Crash

    May 04, 2016 | News and Blog

    Should a business be held responsible when a driver loses control of his vehicle and crashes through its storefront? According to a Massachusetts jury, yes.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - September 24, 2015

    September 24, 2015 | News and Blog

    "After looking at the merits of civil justice issues in all states, Florida was ranked 44. Unfortunately, that's a decline," said Florida Justice Reform Institute's William Large, commenting in a story about ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey. (WJNO Radio-Palm Beach, FL)... Read More

  9. 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

  10. Massachusetts AG Considering Lawsuit Against Painkiller Manufacturers

    January 05, 2015 | News and Blog

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey is considering suing manufacturers of prescription painkillers over their marketing practices – similar to litigation being pursued by the city of Chicago and two California counties.... Read More