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Everlasting Judicial Hellholes

A Long Hot 20 Years

The American Tort Reform Foundation began publishing its annual Judicial Hellholes® report and rankings in 2002. The December 2021 release will mark the 20th anniversary of the report, which shines a bright light on abuses in the country’s civil justice system. Over those 20 years, some have heeded the warning of being named a Judicial Hellhole®, actively making changes to rebalance their civil justice systems. Others, however, remain in the dregs, making little improvement or even becoming more deeply entrenched, year after year.

Introducing, the Everlasting Judicial Hellholes®…

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Everlasting Judicial Judicial Hellhole Report

Be the first to find out if these 20th anniversary Everlasting Judicial Hellholes® will pave a new path or continue down this treacherous road when our annual report for 2021-2022 comes out in December.

2021-2022 Judicial Hellholes Report Release: December 7, 2021

2020-2021 Judicial Hellhole Report

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.

Hellholes: 1. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas & the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania 2. New York City 3. California 4. South Carolina Asbestos Litigation 5. Louisiana 6. Georgia 7. The City of St. Louis, Missouri 8. Cook, Madison & St. Clair Counties, Illinois 9. Minnesota

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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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2015-2016 Judicial Hellhole Report


2014-2015 Judicial Hellhole Report


2013-2014 Judicial Hellhole Report


2012-2013 Judicial Hellhole Report


2011-2012 Judicial Hellhole Report


2010-2011 Judicial Hellhole Report


2009-2010 Judicial Hellhole Report


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2002-2003 Judicial Hellhole Report