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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Judicial Hellholes 2008"

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" (pdf) ranking:

  1. West Virginia
  2. South Florida
  3. Cook County, Illinois
  4. Atlantic County, New Jersey
  5. Montgomery and Macon Counties, Alabama
  6. Los Angeles County, California
  7. Clark County, Nevada

Rio Grande Valley and the Gulf Coast of Texas, Madison County, Illinois, Baltimore, Maryland, and the City and County of St. Louis make the "watch list."    An executive summary is available on-line.

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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2008/12/judicial-hellho.html

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Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania is no longer even on the watch list.

Anyone know why not? It used to be a "hellhole." Nothing's changed as far as I know, and this year had plenty of eight-figure personal-injury verdicts, which usually factors heavily in "hellhole" status.

Posted by: Max Kennerly | Dec 16, 2008 8:14:05 AM

I am glad to see South Carolina, specifically Hampton County, has now been removed from the Judicial Hellhole list. I love their definition- “Judicial Hellholes are places where judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an inequitable manner, generally against defendants in civil lawsuits."

Sounds like a bunch of sore losers to me. http://www.scinjurylawjournal.com

Posted by: Trey Mills | Dec 16, 2008 1:03:00 PM

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