Report: West Virginia Legal Climate Improving; Should Stay on a Reform Path

January 10, 2018 | News and Blog

A new study from the Institute for Legal Reform, West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead, highlights major improvements in the state's civil justice system over the last three years. Read More »

WV's "State of the State" on Legal Reform: Improving

January 10, 2018 | News and Blog

Ahead of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's "State of the State" address on Wednesday night, new research from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) provides a snapshot of the state's past accomplishments and future opportunities on legal reform. Read More »

West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

January 10, 2018 | Research

West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress. Read More »

In the News Today - December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017 | News and Blog

No Charges After Trial Lawyer Allegedly Siphoned Donations To Democratic Judge Read More »

In the News Today - November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 | News and Blog

West Virginia Senate President Seeks to Strip Supreme Court of Budget Authority; Bipartisan Bill Aims to Curb ‘Drive-by' ADA Lawsuits Read More »

FICALA, FACT Can Limit "Profit-Driven Litigation," says W. Va. Business Leader

November 08, 2017 | News and Blog

In an op-ed in the Wheeling Intelligencer, the executive director of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association said two bills before the U.S. Senate could limit "profit-driven litigation" that "threatens" West Virginia companies. Read More »

In the News Today - October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017 | News and Blog

Good news, bad news in West Virginia's business climate Read More »

In the News Today - September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 | News and Blog

Bringing New Jobs to West Virginia Read More »

"Rickard, Roberts: Sensible reforms pull WV out of litigation wilderness"

September 20, 2017 | News and Blog

West Virginia's five spot jump in the newly released Lawsuit Climate Survey is a "serious accomplishment," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts in an op-ed in the Gazette Mail. Read More »

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in West Virginia

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its best showing ever, West Virginia's lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before today's release, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years. Read More »