North Carolina

North Carolina ranked #33 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling 26 spots. This is the lowest ranking for the state since 2002. The state was one of only three that saw an overall decrease in its raw score from the 2012 survey. 

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  1. Report: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Running Short of Money to Pay Future Claimants, System Lacks Safeguards

    March 08, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights that asbestos bankruptcy trusts are being depleted, jeopardizing their ability to fully compensate future claimants.... Read More

  2. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  3. Faster, Smarter, Better: Creating a Business Court in Georgia

    February 28, 2018 | Blogs

    Georgia businesses will soon see signs of hope-at least, they will if HR 993 becomes law.... Read More

  4. 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

  5. In the News Today - May 24, 2017

    May 24, 2017 | News and Blog

    Companies in the U.S. spend nearly triple the amount on legal services for every dollar of revenue than counterparts around the globe according to legal research company Acritas.... Read More

  6. Lawsuit on Behalf of Monkey Tops Poll of Year's Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

    December 21, 2015 | Press Release

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  7. In the News Today - December 2, 2015

    December 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    NC Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn State's New Judicial 'Retention Election' System: A lawsuit filed in Wake County, NC seeks to block a law enacted earlier this year that gives "most sitting judges the option to be re-elected to additional eight-year terms without head-to-head matchups with challengers." The lawsuit claims these retention elections are actually referenda that violate the state's constitution. (Wall Street Journal)NC Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn State's New Judicial 'Retention Election' System: A lawsuit filed in Wake County, NC, seeks to block a law enacted earlier this year that gives "most sitting judges the option to be re-elected to additional eight-year terms without head-to-head matchups with challengers." The lawsuit claims these retention elections are actually referenda that violate the state's constitution. (Wall Street Journal)... Read More

  8. In the News Today - September 16, 2015

    September 16, 2015 | News and Blog

    Investors Business Daily highlights "the importance of a friendly business climate and how an honest legal climate buoys it." Three-fourths of the lawyers polled (in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey) said that "a state's litigation environment is ‘likely to affect important business decisions such as where to locate or do business.'" (Investors Business Daily)... Read More

  9. In the News Today - September 15, 2015

    September 15, 2015 | News and Blog

    "The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times)... Read More

  10. 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