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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. WV House Rejects False Claims Act Bill

    February 26, 2014 | News and Blog

    The West Virginia House of Delegates voted against the Government Fraud and Prevention Act, a state version of the federal False Claims Act.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - January 29, 2014

    January 29, 2014 | News and Blog

    According to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, the SEC is preparing for "a very busy year in enforcement" in 2014. ... Read More

  9. In the News Today - January 23, 2014

    January 23, 2014 | News and Blog

    "Fighting fraud is a great idea," editorializes the Charleston Daily Mail. But a proposed state bill modeled after the federal False Claims Act won't improve the accountability of the government. ... Read More

  10. 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