South Carolina

South Carolina is ranked #37 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling three positions since 2017. It ranked #39 in the key element category of Trial Judges’ Competence, a 15-place decline since 2017. Its most notable improvement was an eight-place rise in the key element category of Treatment of Class Action Suits and Mass Consolidation Suits.


South Carolina at a Glance

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  1. In the News Today -- August 3, 2016

    August 03, 2016 | News and Blog

    North Charleston, SC-based Deaton law firm was second among a list of firms for the average number of defendants in an asbestos suit, according to a report by KCIC and Bates White.... Read More

  2. SC Columnist Notes ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey in Assessment of State's Business Climate

    July 26, 2016 | News and Blog

    Writing in the Aiken (SC) Standard, columnist Gary Bunker cites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate: Ranking the States survey saying that, "South Carolina's liability system score, compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, is a poor 36 out of 50." ... Read More

  3. Analysis: Top Asbestos Plaintiffs Firms Name As Many as 300 Defendants Per Suit

    June 28, 2016 | News and Blog

    A new analysis of data compiled by KCIC and Bates White found that the average number of defendants in lawsuits filed by a single Charleston, West Virginia law firm - The Segal Firm - surpassed 280, reports Legal Newsline/Forbes.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - April 7, 2016

    April 07, 2016 | News and Blog

    Madison County's High Number of Out-of-County Asbestos Filings Highlighted: In 2015, only six of 1,224 asbestos lawsuits (less than 1 percent) filed in Madison County, IL were on behalf of the county's residents. ... Read More

  5. In the News Today - February 16, 2016

    February 16, 2016 | News and Blog

    Pending SCOTUS Cases in Wake of Scalia's Passing: Dozens of cases remain pending in the U.S. Supreme Court following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, including two of particular importance to ILR and the U.S. Chamber. In Tyson Foods v Bouaphakeo, the Court will decide whether "plaintiffs can use statistical models based on a sample of plaintiffs to establish that a bigger group of people can be harmed." In Spokeo v. Robins, the Court will decide if plaintiffs must show harm to bring a lawsuit in the first place. (CNN Money)... Read More

  6. State Civil Justice Groups Highlight Need to Pass FACT Act

    February 02, 2016 | News and Blog

    Palmetto Business Daily highlights support for the FACT Act from South Carolina's civil justice group, also noting that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on the bill tomorrow.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - December 1, 2015

    December 01, 2015 | News and Blog

    Silver 'Executed the Agenda" of the Trial Bar: "As we have been saying for years, Sheldon Silver's ‘income' was nothing more than a political payment to ensure he executed the agenda of the trial lawyers who paid him," said Tom Stebbins, executive director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (Poughkeepsie Journal)... Read More

  8. In the News Today - November 10, 2015

    November 10, 2015 | News and Blog

    FACT Act 'forces Graham to choose a side': Sen. Lindsey Graham's office says that he "continues to review this legislation" but wouldn't say whether he supports or opposes the FACT Act. According to, the American Association of Justice "contributed $27,500 to his campaign committee and leadership PAC during the period 2011-2016." (Palmetto Business Daily)... Read More

  9. In the News Today - October 29, 2015

    October 29, 2015 | News and Blog

    South Carolina Lawyers Weekly this week highlights criticism "of the secretive selection process that the South Carolina Attorney General's Office uses to hire private lawyers for cases that can generate millions in fees". ILR President Lisa A. Rickard is quoted, saying such arrangements raise "concerns about pay-to-play, conflicts of interest, the use of a public entity for personal gain and fairness in prosecutions." (South Carolina Lawyers Weekly)... Read More

  10. Media, State Legal Reform Groups, Continue to Highlight ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings

    September 28, 2015 | News and Blog

    The release of ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings continues to generate wide media coverage. Here is a collection of some new coverage the rankings garnered over the weekend.... Read More