Ohio is ranked #35 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, its lowest rank in the survey’s history and down nine spots since 2017. Ohio fell in most key element categories, with the highest drops in Trial Judges’ Competence and Quality of Appellate Review. It only improved in one category, rising by one spot in Juries’ Fairness.


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  1. U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

    May 04, 2017 | Press Release

    A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  2. Asbestos Trust Transparency Reform - It's Working in Ohio; It Will Work in Pennsylvania

    May 04, 2017 | News and Blog

    Four years ago, Ohio became the first state in the nation to reform its asbestos trust laws to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers' gaming the system by bringing transparency and fairness to the process of filing claims against the trusts.... Read More

  3. Watching it Work: The Impact of Ohio's Asbestos Trust Transparency Law on Tort Litigation in the State

    May 04, 2017 | Research

    This report analyzes the impact that Ohio's 2013 asbestos trust transparency law has had on asbestos tort litigation in the state and concludes that trust transparency reforms appear to have accomplished the goal of ensuring transparency and fairness without causing delays in case resolution.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - August 10, 2016

    August 10, 2016 | News and Blog

    An unnamed journalist who uses an exception in a privacy law to identify potential customers for Bevan & Associates, an Ohio personal injury law firm, is now under investigation by state officials. ... Read More

  5. Federal Judge Says 'Master of Disaster' Plaintiffs Lawyer 'Tricked' Him

    February 19, 2016 | News and Blog

    "I feel tricked, complicit, albeit unwittingly so, in chicanery, duplicity, and mendacity," wrote U.S. District Judge James G. Carr in an order requiring plaintiffs' attorney Stanley Chesley to appear next month and explain "why he shouldn't find they committed fraud on the court."... Read More

  6. 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

  7. Federal Judge Rejects Expansive Interpretation of False Claims Act

    May 14, 2015 | News and Blog

    An Ohio federal judge dismissed a False Claims Act lawsuit brought against U.S. Bank that could have expanded liability under the statute. The plaintiff, a legal aid group, claimed that U.S. Bank was defrauding the federal government through its mortgage practices. But as the New York Times reports, the judge rejected the lawsuit as based on publicly-known information.... Read More

  8. U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Ohio Outside Counsel Sunshine Law

    May 13, 2015 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today applauding Governor John Kasich for signing the outside counsel sunshine bill (SB 38) into law. The law promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the State of Ohio hires outside private plaintiffs' lawyers. ... Read More

  9. Legal tide turning against lawyers who profit illegally from class-action lawsuits

    August 19, 2014 | News and Blog

    This month, justice found 'former plaintiffs' superlawyer' Stanely Chesley.... Read More

  10. In The News Today - August 6, 2014

    August 06, 2014 | News and Blog

    Stanley, Chesley, the notorious Ohio mass tort trial lawyer sometimes known as the "Master of Disaster," may be on the line for $25 million to settle claims that he kept $7.5 million more than his share of a 2001 fen-phen diet drug settlement.... Read More