West Virginia

West Virginia is ranked #45 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, rising five spots from 2015. Over the past several legislative sessions, West Virginia passed a number of important tort reform bills and the state has finally shed its position as #50 in the Survey. 

West Virginia at a Glance

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$320 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
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In the News Today - February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row; SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

Justice Advances in the Mountain State

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. Read More »

In the News Today - February 14, 2018

February 14, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawsuit Filed Over L.L. Bean's 1-Year Limit on Returns; West Va. House Moves to Limit Attorney General's Use of Settlement Funds Read More »

States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

Bill to Curb "Litigation Tourism" Passes WV Senate

February 06, 2018 | News and Blog

Today, the Senate passed a bill to rein in "litigation tourism" (HB 4013), where out-of-state plaintiffs file lawsuits in West Virginia courts for alleged harms that happened elsewhere. Read More »

West Va. Senate President: Legal Reform Work "Has Just Begun"

February 01, 2018 | News and Blog

In a local op-ed, the president of the West Virginia Senate said the Mountain State's work on legal reform "has just begun." Read More »

In the News Today - January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018 | News and Blog

Debate Continues About WV Intermediate Appeals Court; Orange Juice Decision Shows the True Silliness of Many Food Lawsuits; False Claims Act Teleforum on February 1 Read More »

West Virginia State Senators Introduce Bill to Create Intermediate Appeals Court

January 24, 2018 | News and Blog

West Virginia Senators Ryan Ferns and Patricia Rucker introduced a bill that would create a new intermediate court of appeals, the West Virginia Record reports. Read More »

Bill to Combat 'Litigation Tourism' Advances in West Virginia

January 23, 2018 | News and Blog

In another example of legal reform progress in the Mountain State, West Virginia's House of Delegates moved to crack down on 'litigation tourism' by unanimously passing HB 4013. Read More »

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