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St. Louis

Judges in St. Louis seem to have embraced their reputation for skirting both state law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.


The “Golden State” is the plaintiffs’ bar’s laboratory for finding innovative new ways to expand liability through both the courts

Cook County

The prevalence of no-injury lawsuits in Cook County has propelled the county near the top of this year’s list. Litigation


Louisiana’s civil justice system continues to be plagued by the same problems as in years past. If the state wants


Georgia vaulted to the top of the Judicial Hellholes® report in 2022 thanks in large part to a massive $1.7

Lansing, Michigan

The capital of Michigan, home to the state’s high court and legislature, is a newcomer to the Judicial Hellholes® list

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

South Carolina’s asbestos environment continues to erode following its initial appearance on the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2020. In the

New York City

New York City has long been known for its beautiful city skyline, and now it’s known for its sky-high verdicts

New York

New York’s fall in the rankings is in no way a reflection of positive change in the Empire State, but

Cook County, Illinois

Cook County has become ground zero for “no-injury” lawsuits, mainly arising out of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).


A new #1 Judicial Hellhole® burst onto the scene in 2022. The litigation climate in Georgia has deteriorated for years


Louisiana has made strides over the past few years, but there is still work to be done if it wants

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

A newcomer to the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2020, South Carolina’s asbestos litigation has quickly developed a reputation for bias


After reclaiming its spot atop the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2021, California’s fall to number three can only be attributed

St. Louis

While the judges in St. Louis continued to ignore both state law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent and allowed junk

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

A newcomer to the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2020, South Carolina’s consolidated docket for the state’s asbestos litigation has developed


The optimism expressed in last year’s Judicial Hellholes® report that Louisiana’s litigation environment was moving in the right direction faded

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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