Kentucky ranked #42 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, sliding three spots from 2015. This ranking, however, may not reflect the actions taken by the new unified legislature that passed several tort reform bills in 2017.

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States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

In the News Today - February 9, 2018

February 09, 2018 | News and Blog

Ky. State Chamber Applauds Bill That Would Allow Damages Caps Read More »

Survey: Kentucky's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kentucky's lawsuit climate ranked number 42 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). However, Gov. Matt Bevin and the state legislature have made tort reform a priority, passing key reforms that lay the groundwork for raising the state's rank in future surveys. This effort comes at a critical time-an all-time high 85 percent of survey participants said that a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company's decisions about where to locate or expand. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Kentucky Legislature for Continued Commitment to Legal Reform

March 20, 2017 | Press Release

Harold Kim, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 4 addressing medical liability, and H.B. 233 addressing post-judgment interest rate reform. Both bills were signed by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16th and will become law on June 14th. Read More »

Kentucky Representatives Send Message Through Legal Reform

February 02, 2017 | News and Blog

The Kentucky legislature has begun the process of passing needed legal reforms, but more are needed, write Lisa Rickard, ILR President, and Dave Adkisson, President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, in the Kentucky New Era. Read More »

In the News Today - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The Mississippi House passed a bill this week that would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board consisting of the state governor, the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state, before hiring outside counsel to pursue litigation. Read More »

In the News Today - June 1, 2016

June 01, 2016 | News and Blog

Congressmen Call for FDA to Clarify Position on Off-Label Uses: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, have called on the FDA to "clarify its position on what drug and device companies can tell doctors about unapproved or off-label uses." Read More »

In The News Today - November 9, 2015

November 09, 2015 | News and Blog

New York AG Eric Schneiderman's investigation into Exxon Mobil's research and public statements on climate change "marks a dangerous new escalation of the left's attempt to stamp out all disagreement on global-warming science and policy," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - November 6, 2015

November 06, 2015 | News and Blog

"Importantly, BP pays the $2.3 (billion) whether the proof supports it or not." According to emails unsealed in the indictment of plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts over alleged Gulf oil spill settlement fraud, fellow lawyers, and even Watts' brother, grew wary of alleged oil spill plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs was found to be a dog, instead of a deckhand on a fishing boat. Thousands of "fact sheets" about those plaintiffs also were shared with and reviewed by an unnamed law firm in Chicago. Watts is under indictment for alleged fraud and identity theft in the litigation. (Madison-St. Clair Record) Read More »

Survey: Kentucky's Lawsuit Climate Ranks Among Lower-Tier Nationally

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow Read More »

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