Washington is ranked #28 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising one spot from 2015. The state ranked 40th in the key element category of overall treatment of tort and contract litigation.


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  1. The Climate Change Tort Racket

    June 11, 2018 | News

    Plaintiffs' attorneys and left-leaning politicians are ganging up to shake down big oil, according to an editorial by The Wall Street Journal.... Read More

  2. Junk Science at a Tipping Point?

    March 01, 2018 | Blogs

    Are plaintiffs' lawyers beginning to sound the retreat when it comes to junk science lawsuits falsely claiming that talcum powder causes cancer? A recent development suggests they may be and, if not, they should.... Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. In The News Today - September 19, 2014

    September 19, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Coca-Cola Co. is urging an Alabama magistrate judge to "rethink his recommendation keeping alive" a proposed TCPA class action suit over alleged unsolicited text messages.... Read More

  6. 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

  7. Chamber Brief Urges Supreme Court to Reject Campaign Finance Law

    July 07, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2003 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce today urged the Supreme Court to strike down provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that unconstitutionally restrict free speech, urging the high court to uphold previous rulings that the First Amendment takes precedence over the government's ability to regulate elections. ... Read More

  8. Chamber Builds Muscle on Legal Team

    March 02, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce has named a new president for its affiliate, the Institute for Legal Reform. Lisa Rickard will handle the day-to-day operations of the business group's efforts to restore fairness, efficiency and consistency to the U.S. civil justice system. ... Read More

  9. Chamber Brings on More Legal Affairs Firepower

    February 04, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 5, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce announced it has created a new position - executive vice president and chief legal officer - and has tapped Stanton D. Anderson to lead the Chamber's efforts on legal reform and defense of business interests in the courts. ... Read More

  10. Wootton to Relinquish Administrative Duties with Institute for Legal Reform

    October 27, 2002 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Chamber of Commerce has announced that James Wootton, a national leader in the fight for legal reform, will relinquish his administrative duties with the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform effective December 1.... Read More