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.


South Carolina at a Glance

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  1. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking the States Videos

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  2. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Press Video

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Sen. Graham's Trial Lawyer Tax Loophole Gaining More Attention

    December 19, 2017 | News

    The Palmetto Business Daily published a story on Sen. Lindsey Graham's efforts to preserve a trial lawyer tax loophole.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - June 27, 2017

    June 27, 2017 | News and Blog

    Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant, a 12-year South Carolina Senate veteran, said in a recent interview that among the top priorities for South Carolina is reducing "burdensome laws and regulations." Bryant went on to say, "I enthusiastically support continuing tort reform, workers comp reform, and the curtailing of frivolous lawsuits.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - May 17, 2017

    May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

    Senator Ross Turner introduced S. 419 to limit the type of cases in which the South Carolina attorney general or other state solicitors can hire outside attorneys, and the amount the state can pay. The bill is "aimed at curtailing the state's involvement in class action lawsuits sometimes generated outside the state."... Read More