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


Suggested Resources

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – West Virginia

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All Results for West Virginia

  1. ILR Exposes West Virginia Trial Lawyers' Name Change as Part of Nationwide Effort to Hide Groups' Identity

    August 01, 2007 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has launched a new public awareness campaign highlighting the recent name change by West Virginia's trial lawyer organization and the motives behind the coordinated effort now happening in at least 11 states. The SameLeopardNewSpots.com Web site criticizes the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, now calling itself the West Virginia Association for Justice, for trying to conceal its identity from the public by changing its name.... Read More

  2. West Virginia Small Business Owners Fear 'Unfair' Lawsuits

    May 20, 2007 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, WV.-Sixty percent of West Virginia small business owners say they are very or somewhat concerned about the impact of frivolous lawsuits on their businesses, and many alter business decisions as a result, according to a study by the nonpartisan market research firm Harris Interactive.... Read More

  3. U.S. Chamber: West Virginia Rates Last in Legal Fairness

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that West Virginia's legal climate has fallen to last place out of the 50 states in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study. In addition, various West Virginia jurisdictions were named among the least fair and reasonable jurisdictions in the country. ... Read More

  4. Chamber Welcomes Legal Reforms in West Virginia

    April 28, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today applauded the West Virginia legislature and Governor Joe Manchin for enacting legal reform legislation that is a critical first step toward restoring balance to the state's unfair legal system. ... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber: West Virginia Legal Reform Legislation Step in Right Direction

    April 09, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today congratulated the West Virginia legislature and Governor Joe Manchin for passing a legal reform bill that is an important step in restoring balance to the state's unfair legal system. The West Virginia legislature passed SB 418, a bill that would reduce lawsuit abuse by reforming the state's third party bad faith laws. West Virginia is one of only a handful of states whose law allows third parties to sue insurers for acting in alleged "bad faith." ... Read More

  6. Chamber Television Ads Urge West Virginians to Take Action on Legal Reform

    March 27, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced a television advertising campaign in West Virginia to urge citizens to contact their elected officials and tell them to pass meaningful legal reform legislation that will curb frivolous lawsuits, stimulate economic development and create jobs.... Read More

  7. Chamber Poll: West Virginians Want to End Lawsuit Abuse

    March 13, 2005 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released a poll showing that an overwhelming percentage of West Virginians want their elected officials to pass comprehensive legislation to curb frivolous lawsuits, stimulate economic development, and create jobs.... Read More

  8. Chamber Survey Ranks W.Va. 49 in Legal Fairness

    March 07, 2005 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue today announced West Virginia ranked 49 among the fifty states in legal fairness, according to the Institute for Legal Reform/Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study.... Read More

  9. Chamber Cheers WV Medical Liability and Venue Reforms

    March 13, 2003 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today complimented the West Virginia State Legislature for passing and Governor Bob Wise for signing into law a medical liability reform bill that will help doctors and hospitals to continue meeting the health care needs of West Virginians. ... Read More

  10. Chamber Urges West Virginia Legal Reform Campaign

    February 02, 2003 | Press Release

    CHARLESTON, WV, Feb. 3, 2003 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today joined with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in urging state lawmakers to pass significant legal reform legislation. The chambers unveiled a full-page newspaper ad asking for WV citizens to repair the state's flawed legal system.... Read More