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. 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

  2. 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

  3. In The News Today - July 24, 2014

    July 24, 2014 | News and Blog

    Over two decades, Dr. William LaCorte, of Metairie, Louisiana, has filed twelve "whistleblower" lawsuits accusing health care companies of "defrauding taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicare."... Read More

  4. Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz Receives ILR's State Legislative Achievement Award

    October 23, 2013 | Press Release

    Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz received the 2013 State Legislative Achievement Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit.... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Applauds Passage of Landmark Ohio Bill Curbing “Double Dip” Asbestos Claims

    December 11, 2012 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today regarding House Bill 380, which will curb "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system.... 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

  7. ILR Exposes Ohio Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

    August 01, 2007 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Ohio's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, now calling itself the Ohio Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name.... Read More

  8. U.S. Chamber Labels Lead Paint Lawsuit 'Overreach' by Ohio Attorney General

    April 03, 2007 | Press Release

    Washington, DC-U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard released the following statement today on the lawsuit filed against paint manufacturers by Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann: "Lawsuits that rely on the novel legal theory of 'public nuisance' are a classic case of overreaching by a state attorney general. Attorney General Dann's lawsuit twists the purpose of public nuisance law and misapplies it because he can't make a case under traditional product liability law.... Read More

  9. U.S. Chamber: Legal Reforms Paying Dividends for Ohio

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that Ohio's legal climate has shown significant improvement, moving up seven spots to number 19 in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study. "Ohio is a great example of a state that has taken substantive steps to fix its legal system," said Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "The two meaningful legal reform bills enacted during the past two years have played a direct role in significantly improving the state's legal - and business - climates." ... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber Applauds Ohio Governor and Legislature for Passing Comprehensive Legal Reform Bill

    January 05, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today applauded Ohio Governor Robert Taft for signing comprehensive legal reform legislation that will bring fairness and common sense to Ohio's civil justice system. Ohio ranked 32nd among the 50 states in legal fairness in the 2004 ILR/Harris State Liability Systems Rankings.... Read More