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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Is West Virginia A "Heaven For Plaintiffs' Attorneys"?

    December 04, 2014 | News and Blog

    So asks the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board following an ABC News report about the alleged relationship between West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis and a Mississippi plaintiffs' attorney.... Read More

  6. In The News Today - December 1, 2014

    December 01, 2014 | News and Blog

    ILR President Lisa A. Rickard will moderate a panel, "Today's First Amendment Environment," at the U.S. Chamber Foundation event, "Free Speech & Business," to be held this Wednesday, December 3rd.... Read More

  7. In The News Today - November 12, 2014

    November 12, 2014 | News and Blog

    U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is calling for a renewed push for patent reform, in the wake of the FTC's settlement with MPHJ and its law firm Farney Daniels P.C. over allegations they "used deceptive sales claims and phony legal tactics in demand letters accusing thousands of businesses of patent infringement." ... Read More

  8. Democrat Flips, GOP Gains Control of West Virginia State Senate

    November 06, 2014 | News and Blog

    Election night resulted in Republican control of the West Virginia House of Representatives, and a a 17-17 tie for control of the State Senate. Republicans now control both chambers, however, after State Senator Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation yesterday afternoon.... Read More

  9. In The News Today - September 30, 2014

    September 30, 2014 | News and Blog

    The West Virginia Supreme Court announced that justices will no longer deliver "pur curiam", or unsigned, opinions. Chief Justice Robin Davis issued an opinion this week that "every opinion now delivered by the court will include the name of the justice who authored it.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - March 21, 2014

    March 21, 2014 | News and Blog

    A majority of West Virginia voters think lawsuits are hurting job creation in the state, a new poll found.... Read More