North Carolina

North Carolina is #16 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, after falling to #33 in 2017. Out of the 10 key element categories, it realized double digit improvement in six, but saw declines in Overall Treatment of Tort and Contract Litigation and Having and Enforcing Meaningful Venue Requirements.

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  1. In the News Today - May 27, 2014

    May 27, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Garlock decision has spurred state legislators in North Carolina to consider Senate Bill 648, which would curb 'double dipping' by asbestos claimants, "who sue to recover damages from exposure to asbestos to disclose all other claims they have filed or might file, and the disposition of those claims."... Read More

  2. Garlock Order a Sign that Wall of Asbestos Trust 'Secrecy' Crumbling?

    May 07, 2014 | News and Blog

    Forbes' Dan Fisher writes that, "the wall of secrecy plaintiff attorneys have erected around asbestos claims has begun to crumble" as a judge in North Carolina granted Ford Motor Company's request to, "see forms filed in a prominent bankruptcy case as a way to ferret out suspected fraud and double-dipping."... Read More

  3. Court Ruling Shines a Spotlight on Asbestos Lawsuit Abuses

    January 17, 2014 | News and Blog

    Visitors to the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., often notice the phrase "Equal Justice Under Law" engraved above the front entrance. Its prominent placement demonstrates the value Americans place in a fair and impartial justice system and the rule of law.... Read More

  4. Judge Finds Discovery Abuse by Lawyers

    January 13, 2014 | News and Blog

    On Friday, a federal bankruptcy judge cut an asbestos award to $125 million after finding lawyers in the case coached their clients to "forget" certain facts that would increase the defendant's liability and to change their stories in other lawsuits.... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber: Garlock Bankruptcy Order is a Watershed in Exposing Asbestos Litigation 'Impropriety'

    January 10, 2014 | News and Blog

    The following is a statement by Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, on today's ruling by federal bankruptcy Judge George R. Hodges of the Western District of North Carolina in the Garlock asbestos bankruptcy case: ... Read More

  6. 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