New Jersey

New Jersey is ranked #43 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, dropping two positions since 2017. This is the lowest rank it has received in the survey’s history. It improved in the key element categories of Trial Judges’ Impartiality, Trial Judges’ Competence, and Quality of Appellate Review, but declined in five others.


New Jersey at a Glance

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  1. Criticism of SEC In-House Court Fuels Reform Bill in Congress

    December 14, 2015 | News and Blog

    Critics of the Securities and Exchange Commission's in-house court system are "finding some sympathetic ears in Congress."... Read More

  2. MasterCard Blasts 'Baseless' Lawsuit Over Its 'Stand Up To Cancer' Fundraising Promotion

    December 09, 2015 | News and Blog

    "Baseless" and "disappointing" is how a spokesperson for MasterCard labels a class action against the company over its "Stand Up To Cancer" charity fundraising promotion.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - October 15, 2015

    October 15, 2015 | News and Blog

    New Jersey's ranking in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey is cited in a letter to the editor by Marcus Rayner, president, New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Rayner calls for "common sense legal reform legislation that will send a signal that frivolous litigation is not welcome here." (Asbury Park Press)... Read More

  4. In the News Today - September 16, 2015

    September 16, 2015 | News and Blog

    Investors Business Daily highlights "the importance of a friendly business climate and how an honest legal climate buoys it." Three-fourths of the lawyers polled (in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey) said that "a state's litigation environment is ‘likely to affect important business decisions such as where to locate or do business.'" (Investors Business Daily)... 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. Christie Administration Deal with Exxon Product of Years of Negotiations

    March 19, 2015 | News and Blog

    The New York Times today reports that a controversial settlement reached between the State of New Jersey and Exxon Mobile Corporation was years in the making and a pragmatic choice given the possibility of no settlement at all, even though the final figure of $225 million fell far short of the state's original target of $8.9 billion.... Read More

  7. In The News Today - January 2, 2015

    January 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    Listing it as one of the "Five big corporate law decisions you might see in 2015", the Financial Post notes the Canadian Supreme Court's upcoming decision regarding Ecuadorian plaintiffs' $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - November 18, 2013

    November 18, 2013 | News and Blog

    Irvington, NJ is moving forward with a plan to use eminent domain to seize mortgages that are in foreclosure, becoming the second city to do so.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - October 24, 2013

    October 24, 2013 | News and Blog

    A federal appeals court has rejected the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration process for resolving business disputes, ruling that the system violates the First Amendment.... Read More

  10. 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