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. Justice Advances in the Mountain State

    February 15, 2018 | Blogs

    West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. ... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 14, 2018

    February 14, 2018 | News

    Lawsuit Filed Over L.L. Bean's 1-Year Limit on Returns; West Va. House Moves to Limit Attorney General's Use of Settlement Funds... Read More

  3. States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

    February 12, 2018 | Blogs

    In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform.... Read More

  4. Bill to Curb "Litigation Tourism" Passes WV Senate

    February 06, 2018 | News

    Today, the Senate passed a bill to rein in "litigation tourism" (HB 4013), where out-of-state plaintiffs file lawsuits in West Virginia courts for alleged harms that happened elsewhere. ... Read More

  5. West Va. Senate President: Legal Reform Work "Has Just Begun"

    February 01, 2018 | News

    In a local op-ed, the president of the West Virginia Senate said the Mountain State's work on legal reform "has just begun."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - January 30, 2018

    January 30, 2018 | News

    Debate Continues About WV Intermediate Appeals Court; Orange Juice Decision Shows the True Silliness of Many Food Lawsuits; False Claims Act Teleforum on February 1... Read More

  7. West Virginia State Senators Introduce Bill to Create Intermediate Appeals Court

    January 24, 2018 | News

    West Virginia Senators Ryan Ferns and Patricia Rucker introduced a bill that would create a new intermediate court of appeals, the West Virginia Record reports.... Read More

  8. Bill to Combat 'Litigation Tourism' Advances in West Virginia

    January 23, 2018 | News

    In another example of legal reform progress in the Mountain State, West Virginia's House of Delegates moved to crack down on 'litigation tourism' by unanimously passing HB 4013.... Read More

  9. Report: West Virginia Legal Climate Improving; Should Stay on a Reform Path

    January 10, 2018 | News

    A new study from the Institute for Legal Reform, West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead, highlights major improvements in the state's civil justice system over the last three years. ... Read More

  10. WV's "State of the State" on Legal Reform: Improving

    January 10, 2018 | Blogs

    Ahead of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's "State of the State" address on Wednesday night, new research from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) provides a snapshot of the state's past accomplishments and future opportunities on legal reform.... Read More