Oregon is ranked #21 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising eleven positions from 2015. The state improved by double digits in seven of the ten key element categories.

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$288 Potential Tort Cost
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In the News Today - February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Chevron U.S.A. v. National Resources Defense Council, a landmark 1984 decision that directs federal courts to accept an agency's reasonable resolution of ambiguity in a statute may be "uprooted" as both Congress and several Supreme Court judges, including recently nominated Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch, have a "palpable" disdain for the Chevron deference. Read More »

In the News Today - September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 | News and Blog

The House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on September 22 on the Telephone Consumer Protect Act (TCPA). Read More »

In the News Today - February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 | News and Blog

Debate Over Oregon Plaintiffs' Bar Bill Turns Heated: The Oregon House faced a contentious debate over legislation (House Bill 4136) that would increase payouts in wrongful death cases from $500,000 to $1.5 million. One legislator even tried to highlight the $359,000 that the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association donated to Democratic candidates in 2014 by "toting along a giant check to use as a prop." The bill ended up passing 33-26, with almost every Republican and three Democrats voting no. (The Oregonian) 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 - March 6, 2015

March 06, 2015 | News and Blog

"It's all about bringing transparency," said ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim, commenting on Arizona House Bill 2603. The bill requires plaintiffs' attorneys to disclose whether they have already or plan to seek damages from bankruptcy trusts established by asbestos-related companies. Read More »

In The News Today - March 5, 2015

March 05, 2015 | News and Blog

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday signed her first-ever bill in her short tenure as governor - a "controversial" bill (House Bill 2700) that redirects "unclaimed class action damage awards to the state's legal fund." (The Oregonian) Read More »

Patent Troll, Litigious Gambler Headline Two New Videos Released at FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org

July 18, 2014 | News and Blog

A homebuilder who has become the target of a patent troll, and a gambler who is suing a Las Vegas casino after losing big while "blackout" drunk are the subjects of two new videos released at FacesofLawsuitAbuse.org. Read More »

In The News Today - July 1, 2014

July 01, 2014 | News and Blog

When Oregon home builder Justin Wood was targeted by a patent troll seeking to cash in on a common construction technique that has been "used for decades" - Wood decided to fight back. 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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