Product 1

Archives: Hellholes

This is the example custom post type

New Jersey

The last time New Jersey was recognized as a full-blown Judicial Hellhole and not simply cited among this report’s Watch

New York City Asbestos Litigation

In addition to graduating from law school, the justices presiding over New York City’s Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) court also seem


It takes a civil justice system shock analogous to San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake to dislodge California from its typically ignominious

The City of St. Louis

As regular readers of this report know, it hasn’t been easy in recent years to knock incorrigibly litigious and civil


The Pelican State’s legal climate has suffered at the hands of powerful trial attorneys and the politicians they have controlled

Madison and Cook Counties, Illinois

Madison and Cook counties have become perennial Judicial Hellholes known for disproportionate volumes of litigation and large verdicts. Plaintiff-friendly judges

New Jersey

In Roman mythology, Janus was a two-faced god that controlled transitions and time, at once looking forward while also reflecting on the

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has long been a national center for product liability litigation. The court’s Complex Litigation


Since 2013 the Judicial Hellholes report has faithfully if discouragingly reported on the brazenly plaintiff-favoring ways of New York City’s Asbestos Litigation

St. Louis, Missouri

As Bloomberg has reported, City of St. Louis courts are known for “fast trials, favorable rulings, and big awards.” But by virtue of


If most lawmakers in Sacramento and the reliably generous plaintiffs’ lawyers who write campaign checks to keep them there can


The Florida Supreme Court’s liability-expanding decisions and barely contained contempt for the lawmaking authority of legislators and the governor have

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Troubling trends in Twin Cities courtrooms, unprincipled actions by Minnesota’s attorney general and multiple vetoes of commonsense reforms by Governor

New Jersey Legislature

In 2018, the New Jersey legislature distinguished itself as the most plaintiff-friendly legislature in the country. It immediately looked to

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas continues to be a national epicenter for product liability litigation. The court’s Complex Litigation


The Pelican State once again appears on this year’s Judicial Hellholes list largely due to former plaintiffs’ attorney and now

#4 The City of St. Louis, Missouri

The optimism for restoring balance in the City of St. Louis’s legal environment described in last year’s report quickly evaporated in 2018

New York City

Since 2013, the Judicial Hellholes report has focused on the brazenly plaintiff-favoring ways of the New York City Asbestos Litigation court

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.

download report