Wisconsin

Wisconsin ranked #20 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, which is consistent with its 2015 position. Wisconsin saw improvements in three of the ten key element categories: having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements, discovery, and judges' impartiality. 

Wisconsin at a Glance


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  1. In the News Today - March 28, 2014

    March 28, 2014 | News and Blog

    On Thursday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that would require greater disclosure from plaintiffs in asbestos lawsuits.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - March 11, 2014

    March 11, 2014 | News and Blog

    The Wisconsin state Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would require plaintiffs to disclose additional information regarding their asbestos litigation.... Read More

  3. Gov. Walker Signs Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law

    December 16, 2013 | News and Blog

    On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act, which promotes transparency and limits contingency fees when the state hires outside private plaintiffs' lawyers.... Read More

  4. U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law in Wisconsin

    December 13, 2013 | Press Release

    ILR President Lisa A. Rickard issued the following statement today applauding Governor Scott Walker for signing into law the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting Act (AB 27). ... Read More

  5. In the News Today - December 13, 2013

    December 13, 2013 | News and Blog

    An op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says a pending bill will protect Wisconsin businesses from out-of-state trial lawyers taking advantage of a loophole to file asbestos lawsuits against solvent companies while 'double-dipping' into a trust system set up to compensate legitimate victims. ... Read More

  6. Wisconsin Civil Justice Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Receive ILR's Outstanding Organization Award

    October 23, 2013 | Press Release

    The Wisconsin Civil Justice Council (WCJC) and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) received the Outstanding Organization Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) 14th Annual Legal Reform Summit.... Read More

  7. U.S. Chamber Applauds Passage of Nation's Strongest Outside Counsel Sunshine Law in Wisconsin

    October 08, 2013 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today applauding the Wisconsin Senate for passing legislation promoting transparency and limiting contingency fees..... Read More

  8. 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

  9. Wisconsin Legal System Headed in the Wrong Direction

    March 26, 2006 | Press Release

    MADISON, WI - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced that Wisconsin's legal climate has dropped six spots to number 23 in the 2006 Harris State Liability Systems Ranking Study, and has plummeted an alarming 13 spots in just two years.... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Statement on Wisconsin Governor's Veto of Jobs Preservation Act

    December 31, 2005 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued the following statement today: "Governor Doyle today missed an opportunity to shut off the lawsuit spigot that is threatening to drown Wisconsin.s employers, large and small. By vetoing SB 402 - The Jobs Preservation Act - he opposed the majority of Wisconsin's elected legislators and endorsed the 'guilty-until-proven-innocent' standard that is allowing opportunistic plaintiffs' lawyers to prey upon the state's job creators.... Read More