While Mississippi has passed some important tort reforms over the years, it ranked #44 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. The state scored 49th in the key element category of scientific and technical evidence, 45th in trial judges impartiality, and 45th in its treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits.

Mississippi at a Glance

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  1. In the News Today - April 9, 2019

    April 09, 2019 | News

    Mississippi AG Candidate Says State Should Stop Using Private Lawyers... Read More

  2. "ILR at 20": ILR President Rickard Sits Down With Corporate Counsel

    June 26, 2018 | News

    This week, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard sat for a question-and-answer discussion with Corporate Counsel on the development of the legal landscape during the first 20 years of ILR.... Read More

  3. Report: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Running Short of Money to Pay Future Claimants, System Lacks Safeguards

    March 08, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights that asbestos bankruptcy trusts are being depleted, jeopardizing their ability to fully compensate future claimants.... Read More

  4. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  5. 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

  6. Mississippi Class Action Lawsuits Proposal a Solution in Search of a Problem

    October 02, 2017 | News and Blog

    Today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed comments at the Mississippi Supreme Court against a petition to allow class action lawsuits in the state's courts. Quite simply, the proposal is a solution in search of a problem.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - May 3, 2017

    May 03, 2017 | News and Blog

    Jim Hood, Mississippi's Attorney General, has entered into a contingency fee contract with Barry Thaggard May and Bailey LLP to sue a group of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they engaged in an "unlawful scheme" to force the state to pay for drugs that were not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. ... Read More

  8. Mississippi Becomes Tenth State to Combat Asbestos Fraud

    March 29, 2017 | News and Blog

    Today, Mississippi legislature passed an asbestos trust transparency measure, H.B. 1426. Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill into law quickly. Mississippi will be the third state this year to enact needed asbestos reforms, following South Dakota and Iowa, joining a growing chorus of states taking action to combat fraud in the asbestos compensation system.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - January 31, 2017

    January 31, 2017 | News and Blog

    Lisa Rickard, President of ILR, submitted a Letter to the Editor at the Hartford Business Journal relating to a recent article on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. "Consumers do not benefit from TCPA lawsuits, nor do small Connecticut firms. It's the plaintiffs' lawyers, who rake in millions of dollars in settlement fees in class-action cases." ... Read More

  10. Mississippi Legislature Makes Move to Rein in Attorney General's Excessive Hiring of Trial Lawyers

    January 30, 2017 | News and Blog

    With the Mississippi House passage of HB 555, the state has taken a bold step in providing much needed oversight for the hiring of outside counsel by the state attorney general. ... Read More