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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All Results for West Virginia

  1. In The News Today - February 2, 2015

    February 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    The New York Post reports that the New York state Supreme Court's civil division in lower Manhattan is reportedly under federal investigation in connection with the indictment of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.... Read More

  2. West Virginia House Passes Joint and Several Liability Reform Bill

    January 28, 2015 | News and Blog

    The West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday passed a joint and several liability reform bill (House Bill 2002) on a 74-25 vote. The bill now heads to the State Senate. ... Read More

  3. In The News Today - January 27, 2015

    January 27, 2015 | News and Blog

    "The record is overwhelmingly clear and supportive that BP did what it needed to do, stepped up to the plate," testified Retired Coast Guard Captain Frank Paskewich in a trial to determine fines against BP for the Gulf Oil Spill. Paskewich told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier that BP's "conducted an extraordinarily effective response."... Read More

  4. West Virginia Editorial Takes on Legal Reform Critics

    January 16, 2015 | News and Blog

    The Charleston (WV) Daily Mail editorial board takes on critics of legal reform, writing, "Pro-business groups are interested in creating a more business-friendly legal climate. But the anti-reform side has interests, too - particularly the trial lawyers who benefit handsomely from the current system."... Read More

  5. In The News Today - January 14, 2015

    January 14, 2015 | News and Blog

    JP Morgan Chase's latest earnings report fell below analysts' expectations, due largely to the fact that "JP Morgan has paid roughly $20 billion over the last 12 months to resolve" federal investigations. ... Read More

  6. In The News Today - January 13, 2015

    January 13, 2015 | News and Blog

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal filed by several banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Wells Fargo & Co., over a lawsuit filed by the National Credit Union Administration over the banks' sale of mortgage-backed securities to several "now-failed" credit unions. ... Read More

  7. In The News Today - January 12, 2015

    January 12, 2015 | News and Blog

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that "considers whether employers can defend discrimination lawsuits by asserting that government lawyers did not try hard enough to settle claims before going to court."... Read More

  8. EDITORIAL: Was the WV Supreme Court Manipulated?

    January 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    In a New Year's Day editorial, the Charleston (WV) Daily Mail asks if the state Supreme Court's recusal system was manipulated in a high-profile case highlighted in a national ABC News report.... Read More

  9. In The News Today - December 30, 2014

    December 30, 2014 | News and Blog

    "One of the most significant battles in the upcoming legislative session will be over legal reform in West Virginia," writes local radio show host Hoppy Kercheval in the Charleston Daily Mail. ... Read More

  10. In The News Today - December 16, 2014

    December 16, 2014 | News and Blog

    The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. ... Read More