Virginia ranked #10 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising one spot from its 2015 score. In the key element category of having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements, Virginia ranked #3. In the key element category of damages, Virginia ranked #5. 

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In the News Today - July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 | News and Blog

The Virginia Supreme Court imposed an injunction against Dora Adkins for filing 41 lawsuits over eight years, stating that Adkins has "filed numerous frivolous proceedings and engaged in a practice of vexatious litigation." Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2016

December 28, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on the increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local governments, asbestos "double dipping," trends in trial lawyer drug and device advertising, and the public's views on data privacy liability and legal reform issues. Read More »

Documentary Highlights "Asbestos Game by the Plaintiffs' Bar"

December 21, 2016 | News and Blog

A new documentary, Unsettled: Inside the Strange World of Asbestos Lawsuits, highlights several major problems with asbestos litigation. Read More »

In the News Today - December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016 | News and Blog

Texans for Lawsuit Reform are asking for reform to tackle alleged abuses by so-called "storm chasing" lawyers. The advocacy group wants legislation to strip attorneys of any fees if they are found to have solicited clients door to door. Read More »

Disconnects & Double-Dipping: The Case for Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Transparency in Virginia

Author: Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | December 06, 2016 | Research

This report highlights the disconnect between asbestos bankruptcy trust and asbestos personal injury lawsuit systems by examining Garlock and other cases that expose the widespread asbestos trust manipulation and specifically looks at trust claim activity in wrongful death cases in Newport News, Virginia. Read More »

In the News Today - December 2, 2016

December 02, 2016 | News and Blog

In the last year, the Justice Department has lost three major cases against companies, in what the companies claim were examples of prosecutorial over-enforcement and over criminalization. Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | News and Blog

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) 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 »

Virginia Sues 13 Banks for $1.15 Billion

September 17, 2014 | News and Blog

A lawsuit filed by Virginia's attorney general seeks to extract $1.15 billion from 13 big banks and financial firms, some of whom have recently paid out huge settlements to the DOJ. Read More »

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