Massachusetts is ranked #28 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, a 14-position drop from 2017. In the key element categories, it ranked the highest in Scientific and Technical Evidence and the lowest in Trial Judges’ Competence, and Treatment of Class Action Suits and Mass Consolidation Suits.


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  1. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  2. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by The Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable state liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses... Read More

  3. 101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - Sixth Edition 2019

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with an array of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote states' economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice.... Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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