Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

Christie Administration Deal with Exxon Product of Years of Negotiations

March 19, 2015 | News and Blog

The New York Times today reports that a controversial settlement reached between the State of New Jersey and Exxon Mobile Corporation was years in the making and a pragmatic choice given the possibility of no settlement at all, even though the final figure of $225 million fell far short of the state's original target of $8.9 billion. Read More »

In The News Today - January 2, 2015

January 02, 2015 | News and Blog

Listing it as one of the "Five big corporate law decisions you might see in 2015", the Financial Post notes the Canadian Supreme Court's upcoming decision regarding Ecuadorian plaintiffs' $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron. Read More »

In the News Today - November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 | News and Blog

Irvington, NJ is moving forward with a plan to use eminent domain to seize mortgages that are in foreclosure, becoming the second city to do so. Read More »

In the News Today - October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 | News and Blog

A federal appeals court has rejected the Delaware Court of Chancery's confidential arbitration process for resolving business disputes, ruling that the system violates the First Amendment. Read More »

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study

September 10, 2012 | Research

The 2012 State Liability Systems Ranking Study was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Participants in the survey were comprised of a national sample of 1,125 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who indicated that they are knowledgeable about litigation matters at companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues. The 2012 ranking builds on previous years' work, where in each survey year all 50 states are ranked by those familiar with the litigation environment in that state. Prior to these rankings, information regarding the attitudes of the business world toward the legal systems in each of the states had been largely anecdotal. The State Liability Systems Ranking Study aims to quantify how corporate attorneys view the state systems. Read More »