Rhode Island

Rhode Island is ranked #24 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, improving two positions from 2015. This year's ranking is the best the state has received over the history of the survey. The state had double digit improvements in two of the ten key element categories: having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements and judges' competence.

Rhode Island at a Glance

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$214 Potential Tort Cost
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All Results for Rhode Island

WSJ Spotlights Municipalities' Growing Use of Contingency Fee Attorneys

May 03, 2016 | News and Blog

The Wall Street Journal spotlights the growing use of contingency fee plaintiff firms by municipalities to sue private companies on behalf of the city or town. 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 »

Providence, RI, Motley Rice Team Up to File Slew of Antitrust Lawsuits

September 03, 2015 | News and Blog

The City of Providence, R.I., has developed quite a relationship with the Motley Rice plaintiffs' firm to file more than a dozen federal antitrust lawsuits since 2012. Read More »

In the News Today - July 8, 2015

July 08, 2015 | News and Blog

Proctor & Gamble Co. will pay $850,000 in a settlement with California prosecutors over the amount of "slack fill," or unused space, in its Olay skin-care products packaging. The case is part of an uptick in litigation brought by plaintiffs' attorneys seizing on "slack fill." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

What's Next After Garlock?

February 11, 2014 | News and Blog

An aggressive fight from a defendant that suspected improprieties by plaintiffs could have big implications for future cases. 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 »

ILR Exposes Rhode Island Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

August 01, 2007 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by Rhode Island's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, which has voted to call itself the Rhode Island Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name. Read More »

Chamber Seeks Information About Providence, R.I., Culpability on Lead Paint

March 25, 2001 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) filed Public Records Requests late Friday to determine what culpability the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and state government agencies have in the context of legal action against the former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. Read More »

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