West Virginia

West Virginia is ranked #45 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, remaining consistent with 2017’s survey results. It improved by eight spots in the Overall Treatment of Tort and Contract Litigation key element category.

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West Virginia at a Glance


All Results for West Virginia

  1. U.S. Chamber: West Virginia Rates Last in Legal Fairness

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that West Virginia's legal climate has fallen to last place out of the 50 states in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study. In addition, various West Virginia jurisdictions were named among the least fair and reasonable jurisdictions in the country. ... Read More

  2. Chamber Welcomes Legal Reforms in West Virginia

    April 28, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today applauded the West Virginia legislature and Governor Joe Manchin for enacting legal reform legislation that is a critical first step toward restoring balance to the state's unfair legal system. ... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber: West Virginia Legal Reform Legislation Step in Right Direction

    April 09, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today congratulated the West Virginia legislature and Governor Joe Manchin for passing a legal reform bill that is an important step in restoring balance to the state's unfair legal system. The West Virginia legislature passed SB 418, a bill that would reduce lawsuit abuse by reforming the state's third party bad faith laws. West Virginia is one of only a handful of states whose law allows third parties to sue insurers for acting in alleged "bad faith." ... Read More

  4. Chamber Television Ads Urge West Virginians to Take Action on Legal Reform

    March 27, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced a television advertising campaign in West Virginia to urge citizens to contact their elected officials and tell them to pass meaningful legal reform legislation that will curb frivolous lawsuits, stimulate economic development and create jobs.... Read More

  5. Chamber Poll: West Virginians Want to End Lawsuit Abuse

    March 13, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of West Virginians want their elected officials to pass comprehensive legislation to curb frivolous lawsuits, stimulate economic development, and create jobs.... Read More

  6. Chamber Survey Ranks W.Va. 49 in Legal Fairness

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue today announced West Virginia ranked 49 among the fifty states in legal fairness, according to the Institute for Legal Reform/Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study.... Read More

  7. Chamber Cheers WV Medical Liability and Venue Reforms

    March 13, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today complimented the West Virginia State Legislature for passing and Governor Bob Wise for signing into law a medical liability reform bill that will help doctors and hospitals to continue meeting the health care needs of West Virginians. ... Read More

  8. Chamber Urges West Virginia Legal Reform Campaign

    February 02, 2003 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, WV, Feb. 3, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today joined with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in urging state lawmakers to pass significant legal reform legislation. The chambers unveiled a full-page newspaper ad asking for WV citizens to repair the state's flawed legal system.... Read More

  9. Chamber Study Shows WV Legal System Harmful to Patients

    January 22, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 13, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today warned out of control medical malpractice liability is forcing doctors to leave West Virginia and harming the quality of patient care provided by those doctors who remain, according to a poll of West Virginia physicians. "This poll is a siren call to West Virginia that their state's litigation system is in critical condition," said Kate Sullivan, Chamber director of health care policy. "Lawmakers must make meaningful changes to heal the civil justice system before patients suffer." ... Read More