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 - January 15, 2014

    January 15, 2014 | News and Blog

    A new report from the Institute for Legal Reform says that rules designed to bring fairness to courts in West Virginia have largely been ignored.... Read More

  2. New U.S. Chamber Report Finds that Failure to Enforce Court Rules Contributes to West Virginia's Poor Litigation Environment

    January 14, 2014 | Press Release

    A new ILR report finds that court rules designed to bring fairness and balance to asbestos litigation in West Virginia have been ignored, contributing to the state's poor legal environment.... Read More

  3. Obstacles to Fair Trial: Asbestos Cases in West Virginia

    January 14, 2014 | Research

    This report addresses the current state of asbestos litigation in West Virginia, which has become an increasingly critical issue to West Virginia's civil justice system over the past few decades.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - January 6, 2014

    January 06, 2014 | News and Blog

    The American Lawyer looks forward to securities litigation in the new year, saying that there will likely be fewer settlements related to the financial crisis since many of these cases have moved beyond the motion to dismiss stage.... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Applauds West Virginia’s Outside Counsel Sunshine Policy

    March 21, 2013 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today about West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's new proposed procedures and guidelines for hiring outside counsel.... Read More

  6. U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on West Virginia's Lawsuit Climate

    September 10, 2012 | Video | Watch

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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