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.
Life in New York City came to a screeching halt in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city was
The City of St. Louis Circuit Court is notorious for allowing blatant forum shopping and awarding excessive punitive damage awards.
Louisiana is long known for lawsuit abuse, especially New Orleans. Following the 2019 elections, the Bayou State was poised to
In a year when many states saw a significant decrease in litigation, California plaintiffs’ lawyers continued to target businesses, while
This trio of Illinois counties continues to be a preferred jurisdiction for plaintiffs’ lawyers thanks to no-injury lawsuits, plaintiff-friendly rulings
The “Gopher State” once again finds itself on the Judicial Hellholes list thanks to liability expanding deci- sions by the
The “Peach State” once again finds itself on the Judicial Hellholes list thanks to a continued rise in nuclear verdicts,
Last year’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas once again stole the show in 2020, and this
South Carolina asbestos litigation was included on the Watch List in 2019, thanks to its reputation for pro-plaintiff rulings and