Maryland is ranked #27 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, dropping by eight places since its all-time high of #19 in 2017. It fell the most in the Trial Judges’ Competence category and improved the most in the Treatment of Class Action Suits and Mass Consolidation Suits category.


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  1. Maryland Becomes 30th State to Use Higher Evidence Standard

    September 02, 2020 | News

    Maryland has become the latest state to adopt a more stringent approach to expert testimony. On Aug. 28, the state's highest court in a 4-3 decision adopted the Daubert standard, which gives more power to judges to prevent testimony from experts that is not accepted in their particular field according to a report in Legal Newsline.... Read More

  2. Law Firm Trying to Undermine Efforts to Reduce Asbestos Case Backlogs

    February 26, 2020 | News

    One of Baltimore's most powerful law firms is using its political muscle to put an end to a hugely successful court procedure that ensures justice for victims, not paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Baltimore Sun.... Read More

  3. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  4. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Press Video

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  5. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by The Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable state liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses... Read More

  6. 101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - Sixth Edition 2019

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with an array of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote states' economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice.... Read More

  7. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  8. Asbestos Plaintiffs' Firm Seeks Lawmaker Backup in Landmark Maryland Case

    November 14, 2017 | News

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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