Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2006 ATRA List of "Judicial Hellholes" for Defendants

The American Tort Reform Association released its 2006 list of "Judicial Hellholes" for defendants. Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Naming the entire state of West Virginia, South Florida, Southeast Texas and three notoriously plaintiff-friendly counties in Illinois, the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) today released its annual Judicial HellholesĀ® report, shining a bright spotlight on "America's worst jurisdictions in which to face a lawsuit."

American Tort Reform Association president Sherman Joyce explained to a gathering of reporters in Washington that "Judicial Hellholes are places where judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally against defendants, in civil lawsuits.

"What many will find interesting about this year's report is that the top six Hellholes are in states that recently enacted significant tort reforms, yet a handful of judges are either ignoring those reforms or otherwise abusing their discretion to distort cases in favor of plaintiffs."


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