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Latest Report Names Philadelphia as the Worst of the ‘Judicial Hellholes®’ While Courts in California, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, New York and Nevada Also Make the List

December 21, 2011 Comments off

Latest Report Names Philadelphia as the Worst of the ‘Judicial Hellholes®’ While Courts in California, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, New York and Nevada Also Make the List
Source: American Tort Reform Foundation
From press release:

The American Tort Reform Association today released its annual Judicial Hellholes ® report, documenting abuses of the civil justice system in jurisdictions it says are among the most unfair and out-of-balance in the nation.

Civil courts in Philadelphia, particularly the Complex Litigation Center there, top the list of Judicial Hellholes for the second year in a row, as “litigation tourism” is actually encouraged by some judges (see the Wall Street Journal’s recent editorial, “The City of Unbrotherly Torts”). Civil justice problems throughout California and West Virginia earn the second- and third-place rankings, respectively. And auto-accident fraud racketeers helped place perennial judicial hellhole South Florida in fourth place.

Two neighboring rural counties in Illinois, Madison and St. Clair, return to the Judicial Hellholes list in the fifth spot this year after recent civil justice reform efforts there appear to have stalled. New York City and Albany collectively claim sixth place as petty lawsuits remain the norm and personal injury lawyers block reform. An ongoing half-billion-dollar miscarriage of justice, which, at the very least, has contributed to spot shortages of a widely used anesthetic, keeps Clark County, Nevada, on the hellholes list for another year, ranked seventh. And McLean County, Illinois, makes it to the hellholes rankings for the first time, in the eighth place, thanks to a novel theory of asbestos liability that relieves a plaintiff of the need to show exposure to a defendant’s product.

+ Full Report (PDF)

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