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.


Massachusetts at a Glance

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

    September 10, 2012 | Research

    The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems.... Read More