Delaware

Delaware is ranked #11 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling ten spots from first place, a position it had held every year since the Survey was first released in 2002. Despite this fall, Delaware still ranks in the top ten in the key element categories of scientific and technical evidence, trial judges' competence, quality of appellate review, and enforcing meaningful venue requirements.

Delaware at a Glance


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  1. Delaware High Court Gets New Chief Justice

    January 10, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Governor of Delaware has announced that Chancellor Leo Strine will be the next chief justice of the state supreme court, pending approval by the legislature.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - December 30, 2013

    December 30, 2013 | News and Blog

    The gulf oil spill settlement does not require claimants to prove that their losses were caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, a judge ruled last week.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - November 26, 2013

    November 26, 2013 | News and Blog

    Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in Chevron's suit accusing a plaintiffs' lawyer of using bribery, fraud, and extortion to win a $9.5 billion verdict in Ecuador. ... Read More

  4. In the News Today - November 22, 2013

    November 22, 2013 | News and Blog

    The retiring chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court said he expects more legal wrangling over the state's business arbitration program. ... Read More

  5. In the News Today - November 14, 2013

    November 14, 2013 | News and Blog

    Ecuador's highest court affirmed a verdict against Chevron but cut the $19 billion verdict in half. Chevron is fighting the judgment in a New York court, accusing the plaintiffs' lead lawyer of witness tampering and fraud.... Read More

  6. 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

  7. Judge Peggy Ableman Receives ILR's Judicial Leadership Achievement Award

    October 23, 2013 | Press Release

    Judge Peggy Ableman received the 2013 Judicial Leadership Achievement Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit.... Read More

  8. Duplicative M&A Litigation Under Scrutiny

    September 17, 2013 | News and Blog

    Courts around the country are clarifying rules to cut down on duplicative lawsuits that challenge corporate mergers in multiple jurisdictions.... Read More

  9. 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