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Year: 2022-2023

New York

New York’s fall in the rankings is in no way a reflection of positive change in the Empire State, but

Cook County, Illinois

Cook County has become ground zero for “no-injury” lawsuits, mainly arising out of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).


A new #1 Judicial Hellhole® burst onto the scene in 2022. The litigation climate in Georgia has deteriorated for years


Louisiana has made strides over the past few years, but there is still work to be done if it wants

South Carolina Asbestos Litigation

A newcomer to the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2020, South Carolina’s asbestos litigation has quickly developed a reputation for bias


After reclaiming its spot atop the Judicial Hellholes® list in 2021, California’s fall to number three can only be attributed

St. Louis

While the judges in St. Louis continued to ignore both state law and U.S. Supreme Court precedent and allowed junk

2022-2023 Executive Summary

The 2022-2023 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.

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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