Alabama

Alabama is ranked #43 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, up three places from 2015. Alabama's best score within the key element categories was 35th for the Quality of Appellate Review.  

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Alabama Joins Dozen States in Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Investigations

March 28, 2017 | News and Blog

Alabama's Attorney General, Steve Marshall, is joining colleagues from 12 other states in investigating asbestos bankruptcy trusts' failure to pay out Medicaid payments as federal law requires, writes Alabama Today. Read More »

Lawsuit Loans Put Victims Last, Vendors First in Alabama

February 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Lawsuit lenders are "lurking behind the scenes" in Alabama court cases writes ILR President Lisa Rickard and William Canary, CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, in an opinion piece for The Gadsden Times. Read More »

AL Senator Sessions Likely AG Pick Under President-Elect Trump

November 18, 2016 | News and Blog

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R) is said to be president-elect Trump's choice for Attorney General, according to Bloomberg. If Sessions accepts this move "would elevate one of Trump's earliest congressional backers, and one of the most conservative senators, to serve as the nation's top law enforcement official." Read More »

In the News Today - March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016 | News and Blog

Asbestos Litigation and 'Political Pawns': Is the plaintiffs' bar using veterans as "political pawns" in the effort to defeat the FACT Act? Read More »

State Allies Blog Series: Q&A with the Business Council of Alabama

March 09, 2016 | News and Blog

"Sweet Home Alabama" is home to a litigation system that is especially sweet if you are a member of the plaintiffs' bar. High dollar award judgments and a supreme court that allowed a plaintiff to bring suit against a company for another manufacturer's product have given Alabama a less-than-stellar litigation reputation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 2, 2016

February 02, 2016 | News and Blog

McGraw's Entry into WV Supreme Court Race a 'Bombshell': WV MetroNews reporter Hoppy Kercheval today calls former Attorney General Darrel McGraw's entry into the state Supreme Court race "the biggest bombshell of the last minute election filings." Noting McGraw would be 92 years old by the end of his term, Kercheval says the filing "is a curious, unexpected move, but then again, the McGraws have always marched to their own beat." (WV MetroNews) Read More »

In the News Today - October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 | News and Blog

Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

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 »

In the News Today - June 4, 2015

June 04, 2015 | News and Blog

The political rivalry between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman heated up this week, as Cuomo's legal department submitted a five-page, 22-question survey to state agency general counsels, asking them to evaluate the performance of Schneiderman's office. (New York Times) Read More »

In the News Today - May 7, 2015

May 07, 2015 | News and Blog

Legal Newsline reports on Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's use of creative contract wording to get around Alabama's new AG sunshine law. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

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