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New York City

Life in New York City came to a screeching halt in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city was

The City of St. Louis, Missouri

The City of St. Louis Circuit Court is notorious for allowing blatant forum shopping and awarding excessive punitive damage awards.

Louisiana

Louisiana is long known for lawsuit abuse, especially New Orleans. Following the 2019 elections, the Bayou State was poised to

California

In a year when many states saw a significant decrease in litigation, California plaintiffs’ lawyers continued to target businesses, while

Minnesota

The “Gopher State” once again finds itself on the Judicial Hellholes list thanks to liability expanding deci- sions by the

Georgia

The “Peach State” once again finds itself on the Judicial Hellholes list thanks to a continued rise in nuclear verdicts,

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

South Carolina asbestos litigation was included on the Watch List in 2019, thanks to its reputation for pro-plaintiff rulings and

NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA

Virginia generally enjoys a reputation for having a fair legal climate, but that cannot be said for asbestos cases in

HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS

Storm-chasing trial lawyers have swept through Texas litigation for years, seeking to pro t from the damage and devastation caused

LOUISIANA

Despite some modest reforms in recent years, the perception that Louisiana has one of the worst legal climates in the

MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Largely rural Madison County in Southwestern Illinois continues to be a popular venue for personal injury lawyers, particularly those specializing

MISSOURI

Problems with the civil justice system in the “Show Me Your Lawsuits State,” mostly at the state supreme court level,

FLORIDA

The Sunshine State is characterized by a state high court that continually expands the liability exposure of those who live and do

NEW YORK CITY ASBESTOS LITIGATION

Just five weeks after last year’s Judicial Hellholes report was released and ranked the New York City Asbestos Litigation court (NYCAL) as

CALIFORNIA

Specific California cities and counties have regularly been cited for their civil justice system imbalances by the Judicial Hellholes report

Hidalgo County, Texas

The American Tort Reform Association has issued a “Hailstorm Lawsuit Warning” for Hidalgo County, Texas, that may be extended to

Newport News, Virginia

Prior versions of this report have noted the generally positive reputation enjoyed by Virginia for its civil litigation climate. Those

Louisiana

Over decades Louisiana has developed a Judicial Hellholes reputation for plaintiff-friendly venue shopping, permissive judges, double-dipping asbestos lawsuits and trust claims,

2019 Judicial Hellhole Report

Every year we shine a light on the worst of the worst. Since its inception in 2002, the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes® program has documented in annually published reports various abuses within the civil justice system, focusing primarily on jurisdictions where courts have been radically out of balance.

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