Maryland is ranked #19 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, moving up nine spots from 2015. This is the first time Maryland has been ranked higher than 20th place since the survey was first published in 2002.  

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Asbestos Plaintiffs' Firm Seeks Lawmaker Backup in Landmark Maryland Case

November 14, 2017 | News and Blog

Asbestos litigation magnate and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos wants Maryland lawmakers to step in to negate the impact of a 2016 appeals court decision which threatens to clear as many as 25,000 asbestos cases from the docket. Read More »

In the News Today - July 7, 2017

July 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Yesterday, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) filed a lawsuit against Maryland's AG and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, requesting that the Maryland Federal district court enjoin them to not enforce a law that grants Maryland unprecedented powers to regulate the national pharmaceutical market. Read More »

In the News Today - January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The Missouri Senate Government Reform Committee heard testimony on Senator Ed Emery's collateral source rule change bill (SB 31), which would have parties in injury cases present the actual cost of medical care, instead of its value when calculating the damages owed by a defendant. The committee will vote on SB 31 in an executive session Wednesday. 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 - July 17, 2015

July 17, 2015 | News and Blog

"The harm from vague and ambiguous TCPA rules is not merely felt by current consumers and current businesses, but by innovative companies, both in business today and those that may never develop as a result of TCPA," writes Harold Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. (Forbes) Read More »

In The News Today - June 9, 2014

June 09, 2014 | News and Blog

A Maryland judge has, "freed Pfizer Inc. from a personal injury suit blaming insulation manufactured by its defunct subsidiary Quigley Co" in an asbestos suit. Read More »

Maryland Asbestos Litigation

February 19, 2014 | News and Blog

A Mixed Bag In 2013 With Some Sound Rulings, Opportunities Missed, And Improvements Needed 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 »

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