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 five “hellholes” that included California, West Virginia, Illinois (Madison County), New York (Albany and New York City), and Maryland (Baltimore). For the entire report, see “Judicial Hellholes: Top 5 According to the ATRF” or www.judicialhellholes.org. Beyond the top five, the ATRF further mentioned Philadelphia, South Florida, Cook County (Illinois), New Jersey, Nevada and Louisiana as jurisdictions that will be scrutinized due to proposed legal reform, changes in judiciary or court management, and histories of abusive litigation.
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. For further discussions regarding these jurisdictions, refer to www.judicialhellholes.org for the full report.