Each year, the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) publishes a report of “Judicial Hellholes” that highlights jurisdictions that are unfavorable to companies or defendants involved in civil litigation. The group named the top seven “hellholes” for 2014/2015 that included New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL), California, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois (Madison County), Missouri, and Louisiana.
Beyond the top seven, the ATRF further calls attention to New Jersey (Atlantic County), Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Virginia (Newport News), and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) as jurisdictions that bear watching due to their histories of abusive litigation and/or troubling developments. The counsel and courts in these jurisdictions will be watched by the ATRF over the coming months to determine whether they will be included on future hellholes lists.
This year’s report also recognizes the good news from some of the Judicial Hellholes and other jurisdictions across the country. Below examples of, among other things, fair and balanced judicial decisions that adhere to the rule of law and positive legislative reforms:
In addition to these significant court rulings, legislatures in a dozen states enacted significant, positive civil justice reforms. Louisiana had a particularly productive session, enacting five laws aimed at improving the state’s polluted litigation environment.
For the entire report, see “2014/2015 Executive Summary - Judicial Hellholes: Top 7 According to the ATRF” or www.judicialhellholes.org.