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Year: 2016-2017

2016-2017 Executive Summary

The 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on nine courts or areas of the country that have developed reputations as Judicial Hellholes.

Hidalgo County, Texas

The American Tort Reform Association has issued a “Hailstorm Lawsuit Warning” for Hidalgo County, Texas, that may be extended to

Newport News, Virginia

Prior versions of this report have noted the generally positive reputation enjoyed by Virginia for its civil litigation climate. Those


Over decades Louisiana has developed a Judicial Hellholes reputation for plaintiff-friendly venue shopping, permissive judges, double-dipping asbestos lawsuits and trust claims,

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

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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