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. 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

  2. West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

    January 10, 2018 | Research

    West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - December 21, 2017

    December 21, 2017 | News

    No Charges After Trial Lawyer Allegedly Siphoned Donations To Democratic Judge... Read More

  4. In the News Today - November 15, 2017

    November 15, 2017 | News

    West Virginia Senate President Seeks to Strip Supreme Court of Budget Authority; Bipartisan Bill Aims to Curb ‘Drive-by' ADA Lawsuits... Read More

  5. FICALA, FACT Can Limit "Profit-Driven Litigation," says W. Va. Business Leader

    November 08, 2017 | News

    In an op-ed in the Wheeling Intelligencer, the executive director of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association said two bills before the U.S. Senate could limit "profit-driven litigation" that "threatens" West Virginia companies.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - September 29, 2017

    September 29, 2017 | News and Blog

    Bringing New Jobs to West Virginia... Read More

  7. "Rickard, Roberts: Sensible reforms pull WV out of litigation wilderness"

    September 20, 2017 | News and Blog

    West Virginia's five spot jump in the newly released Lawsuit Climate Survey is a "serious accomplishment," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard and West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts in an op-ed in the Gazette Mail.... Read More

  8. Faces of Lawsuit Abuse 2017 – West Virginia

    September 12, 2017 | Video | Watch

  9. In the News Today - April 26, 2017

    April 26, 2017 | News and Blog

    Yesterday the Senate confirmed Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein as the deputy attorney general in a bipartisan vote. Rosenstein, who with 11 years on the job is the longest-serving U.S. attorney, has worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations. He took on his current role after unanimous Senate confirmation in July 2005, but his tenure with the DOJ dates back to 1990.... Read More

  10. Lawsuits Cost West Virginia

    April 24, 2017 | News and Blog

    As a West Virginia state legislator, Kayla Kessinger is no stranger to the debate surrounding the state's business and lawsuit climate. "In order to bring jobs into this state, we have to make West Virginia more competitive," Kessinger told Faces of Lawsuit Abuse. "And one of the biggest areas where we're lacking is in tort reform. ... Read More