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. Former Mass. Secretary of Energy Urges Mass. AG to Focus on Climate Solutions, Instead of Climate Lawsuits

    March 13, 2020 | News

    Joseph Fitzpatrick, a former Massachusetts secretary of energy, wrote an op-ed in the Boston Business Journal urging Massachusetts AG Maura Healey to use practical actions to address climate change rather than just filing lawsuits. ... Read More

  2. Trial Lawyers to Pay a Price for Double Billing

    March 10, 2020 | News

    A report from D&O Daily says the judge in the State Street case concluded that the lawyers at two of the lead plaintiff law firms violated provisions of the professional code of conduct and referred the attorneys to the local state bar professional practices unit. ... Read More

  3. In the News Today - March 3, 2020

    March 03, 2020 | News

    Law firms ordered to pay back millions of dollars after inflating fees... Read More

  4. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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