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West Virginia, Still at the Bottom of Chamber's Survey

Don't see the U.S. Chambers Institute for Legal Reform's survey, "Lawsuit Climate 2008: Ranking the States," online yet, but according to the news coverage, West Virginia continues to suffer its litigation tribulations at the bottom of the list. From The Charleston Daily Mail:

West Virginia ranks last among the 50 states, behind Louisiana and Mississippi, in an annual assessment of state liability systems conducted by Harris Interactive, a national market research firm. The report was released today by the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform.

Delaware ranked tops for the fifth consecutive year.

Lisa Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform, said in a prepared statement, "While there is still more to do, Governor Manchin and the West Virginia Legislature have started taking steps to improve the state's legal climate." She noted several recent reforms, including the "slight improvement" to laws allowing out-of-state plaintiffs access to West Virginia courts and "efforts to rein in the attorney general's misuse of funds from lawsuit settlements.

More coverage...

Oh, and the American Association of Justice is now assuring us it managed to get an advance copy of the report on which to base an updated news release. You can't really tell, though. The criticisms and vituperation are the same as the news release it issued before seeing the survey. Definitely a case of PR malpractice.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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