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2020-2021 Executive Summary

The 2020-2021 Judicial Hellholes® report shines its brightest spotlight on nine jurisdictions that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Some are known for allowing innovative lawsuits to proceed or for welcoming litigation tourism, and in all of them state leadership seems eager to expand civil liability at every given opportunity.

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2020-2021 Hellholes

2020-2021 Judicial Hellhole Report

Every year we shine a light on the worst of the worst. The report shines its brightest spotlight on jurisdictions, courts or legislatures that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes.

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2019-2020 Judicial Hellhole Report

The 2019 – 2020 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on 10 jurisdictions, courts or legislatures that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Some are known for allowing innovative lawsuits to proceed or for welcoming litigation tourism, and in all of them state leadership seems eager to expand civil liability at every given opportunity.

Hellholes: 1. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 2. California 3. New York City 4. Louisiana 5. City of St. Louis, Missouri 6. Georgia 7. Cook, Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois 8. Oklahoma 9. Minnesota Supreme Court/Twin Cities 10. New Jersey Legislature

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2018-2019 Judicial Hellhole Report

The 2018 – 2019 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on nine jurisdictions, courts or legislatures that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Some are known for welcoming litigation tourism or as hotbeds for asbestos litigation, and in all of them state leadership seems eager to expand civil liability.

Hellholes: 1. California 2. Florida 3. New York City 4. #4 The City of St. Louis, Missouri 5. Louisiana 6. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 7. New Jersey Legislature 8. St. Clair and Madison Counties, Illinois 9. Twin Cities, Minnesota

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