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December 4th, 2018

Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

Today, the American Tort Reform Foundation released its 2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes report. California tops the list, with Florida, New York City and St. Louis not far behind. “With both this annual report and year-round website, our Judicial Hellholes program since 2002 has documented troubling developments in jurisdictions where civil court judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the disadvantage of defendants,” American Tort Reform Association president Tiger Joyce said. This year’s Judicial Hellholes report names the following as the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation: California Florida New York City The City of St. Louis Louisiana Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas New Jersey Legislature Madison and St. Clair Counties, Ill. The Twin Cities, Minn. . . . → Read More: Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

September 6th, 2016

Judicial Hellholes Bulletin: New Report Details Trial Lawyers’ Influence over Illinois’ Policymakers, Judges

Though release of ATRA’s annual Judicial Hellholes® report is still more than three months away, this special bulletin alerts readers to a new report, Justice for Sale III, issued by the Illinois Civil Justice League, detailing and quantifying the campaign contributions and enormous political influence that plaintiffs’ lawyers Madison County, Illinoisexert on policymakers and judges throughout the hellholes riddled state . . . → Read More: Judicial Hellholes Bulletin: New Report Details Trial Lawyers’ Influence over Illinois’ Policymakers, Judges

April 14th, 2015

‘Litigation Imbalance’ Study Is More Bad News from Illinois, Lincoln Spinning in Grave

On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, a civil justice watchdog group in Illinois has released its latest “Litigation Imbalance” study, the findings of which surely have the 16th president and Great Emancipator spinning in his grave . . . → Read More: ‘Litigation Imbalance’ Study Is More Bad News from Illinois, Lincoln Spinning in Grave

January 10th, 2013

Illinois High Court Limits Forum Shopping with Case from Former Judicial Hellhole

Shortly before the New Year, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a long-awaited decision that may appropriately serve to limit forum shopping somewhat in a state full of Judicial Hellholes notorious for the practice . . . → Read More: Illinois High Court Limits Forum Shopping with Case from Former Judicial Hellhole

May 6th, 2011

Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

No one will be surprised to learn that four states notorious for their Judicial Hellholes and Watch List jurisdictions — California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey — have been ranked by corporate CEOs as the worst in the nation for doing business . . . → Read More: Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business