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Year: 2021-2022

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

A newcomer to the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2020, South Carolina’s consolidated docket for the state’s asbestos litigation has developed

2021-2022 Executive Summary

The 2021- 2022 Judicial Hellholes® report shines its brightest spotlight on eight 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.


The optimism expressed in last year’s Judicial Hellholes® report that Louisiana’s litigation environment was moving in the right direction faded

Georgia Supreme Court

The significant deterioration of the Georgia civil justice system that took place in 2021 has propelled the “Peach State” to

New York

New York’s race to the bottom (or the top) of the Judicial Hellholes® list continued in 2021, as the state’s

City of St. Louis

A perennial Judicial Hellhole®, St. Louis once again finds itself on the list; however, made some important progress through legislative


After a two-year hiatus, the “Golden State” has once again reclaimed its spot atop the Judicial Hellholes® list. While the

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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