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.

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South Carolina at a Glance


All Results for South Carolina

  1. In the News Today - September 22, 2015

    September 22, 2015 | News and Blog

    The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman)... Read More

  2. In the News Today - September 15, 2015

    September 15, 2015 | News and Blog

    "The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times)... Read More

  3. 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

  4. In The News Today - March 6, 2015

    March 06, 2015 | News and Blog

    "It's all about bringing transparency," said ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim, commenting on Arizona House Bill 2603. The bill requires plaintiffs' attorneys to disclose whether they have already or plan to seek damages from bankruptcy trusts established by asbestos-related companies.... Read More

  5. Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

    November 25, 2014 | News and Blog

    A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws.... Read More

  6. In The News Today - November 18, 2014

    November 18, 2014 | News and Blog

    The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has ruled that "entities that fund litigation in exchange for a piece of any recovery (i.e., third-party litigation financers, lawsuit lenders and litigation funders) are providing loans" and must comply with state law governing loans.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - March 10, 2014

    March 10, 2014 | News and Blog

    South Carolina was ranked 39th in ILR's 2012 survey of the 50 states' legal system, but an op-ed in The State says that lawsuit reforms to address the hiring of outside counsel and landowner liability "can restore faith and integrity in the state's civil justice system - at no expense to the taxpayer."... Read More

  8. 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