South Carolina

South Carolina is ranked #37 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling three positions since 2017. It ranked #39 in the key element category of Trial Judges’ Competence, a 15-place decline since 2017. Its most notable improvement was an eight-place rise in the key element category of Treatment of Class Action Suits and Mass Consolidation Suits.

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South Carolina at a Glance


All Results for South Carolina

  1. South Carolina Judge Handling Asbestos Lawsuits Is Accused Of Plaintiff-Friendly Bias

    May 15, 2020 | News

    Asbestos defendants have increasingly voiced complaints about the judge in charge of South Carolina's asbestos docket as she has overruled jury verdicts, ordered simultaneous trials in multiple counties and named an insurance company the "alter ego" of a long-defunct contracting company, according to a report in Legal Newsline... Read More

  2. In the News Today -May 8, 2020

    May 08, 2020 | News

    Business Groups Want Protection From Coronavirus Lawsuits For SC Employers... Read More

  3. SC Businesses at 'End of the Rope' From COVID-19, New South Carolina Chamber Survey Shows

    May 07, 2020 | News

    South Carolina businesses are facing challenges as they decide how or whether to reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, according to a report in the State. As businesses in South Carolina open, many owners are reporting that low demand and an inability to cover employees' pay are among their greatest threats.... Read More

  4. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  5. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Press Video

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Former South Carolina Lawmaker Sentenced for Improperly Using Office to Help Trial Lawyers

    February 14, 2018 | News

    Former South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn has been sentenced to 500 hours of community service, The State reports.... Read More