Florida

Florida is ranked #46 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling two spots from its already low 2015 ranking. Florida scores poorly in all of the key element categories, but particularly with regard to the competence and impartiality of trial judges—where it ranked 48th.  

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  1. In the News

    September 20, 2013 | News and Blog

    As part of its $920 million settlement with US and UK regulators, JP Morgan has agreed to an admission of wrongdoing in the "London Whale" case. ... Read More

  2. U.S. Chamber Applauds Florida Legislature’s Approval of Modernizing State’s Expert Trial Testimony Standards

    April 26, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement about the Florida legislature approving the modernization of the state's expert trial testimony standards on Friday.... Read More

  3. Who are the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse? The Blitz USA Plant in Miami, OK

    September 10, 2012 | Video | Watch

  4. U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Florida's Lawsuit Climate

    September 10, 2012 | Video | Watch

  5. 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

  6. U.S. Chamber: Florida Legal Climate Shows Modest Improvement

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that Florida's legal climate has shown modest progress, moving up four spots to number 38 in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study. Miami-Dade County remains one of the least fair and reasonable jurisdictions in the country. ... Read More

  7. Chamber Lauds Florida Governor for Proposing Comprehensive Legal Reform Package

    March 14, 2005 | Press Release

    "Florida has become a magnet for lawsuit abuse, and that reputation is hurting the state's ability to attract new jobs and business investment," said Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. "Governor Bush's proposed reforms would help to balance the scales of justice in Florida, and transform the state into a magnet for new jobs and business investment." ... Read More

  8. U.S. Chamber: Florida Drops Again in State Legal Rankings

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released its Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study, which shows Florida ranked 42 in legal fairness, having dropped nine places in the last three years. ILR also announced the launch of a national advertising campaign to highlight the results of the study and promote federal and state-based legal reform. ... Read More

  9. Chamber Calls Florida Verdict Obscene

    July 13, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called today's decision by a Florida jury, awarding defendants in a tobacco case $145 billion dollars in punitive damages, "an obscene symptom of a court system that is out-of-control. "Trial lawyers have subverted the legal system for their own financial gain," said Bruce Josten, Chamber Executive Vice President. "Legitimate, but politically out-of-favor businesses have been attacked by attorneys driven by the prospect of absurd punitive damage awards."... Read More