Top 5 States Where Corporations Hate To Get Sued

Personal Injury

By Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief

The five states where corporate defendants most hate to get sued for ripping off customers and injuring people with dangerous products are West Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, California and Alabama. The notorious anti-consumer lobby, the US Chamber of Commerce, compiled the list based on the opinions of business executives.

The infamous Big Business lobby surveyed 1,203 corporate lawyers and execs by providing them a list of cities or counties with “reputations for being problematic when it comes to contract and tort litigation.” Then the US Chamber asked the corporate bureaucrats to pick those that have the “least fair and reasonable litigation environments” – from the Big Business point of view.

These are also the states that can be viewed the most friendly to consumers who are plaintiffs in lawsuits. These cases typically involved dangerous products, drugs with serious undisclosed side effects – often called “mass torts” – and class actions against corporate wrongdoers.

The top 5 states

For more corporate propaganda, see Anti-Consumer Group Lists “Judicial Hellholes” Where Plaintiffs Succeed

West Virginia: Execs whined about the “timeliness of summary judgment or dismissal” and “overall treatment of tort and contract litigation.”

Louisiana: The big bosses didn’t like the high damages awarded here, and the long time it took to get consumer cases dismissed.

Illinois: America’s overpaid managers bleated about high damage awards and the slowness in getting cases dismissed.

California: The in-house lawyers and execs grumbled most about high damages and treatment of class action suits and mass consolidation suits.

Alabama: High damage awards and overall treatment of tort and contract litigation were the leading causes of big business gripes.

The corporate laments are chronicled in 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, released by the U.S. Chamber’s malignant Institute for Legal Reform.

As in grade school, the executives arrogantly gave letter grades (A, B, C, D or F) for all the states in each of the following areas:

  • Having and Enforcing Meaningful Venue Requirements
  • Overall Treatment Of Tort And Contract Litigation
  • Treatment Of Class Action Suits And Mass Consolidation Suits
  • Damages
  • Timeliness Of Summary Judgment Or Dismissal
  • Discovery
  • Scientific And Technical Evidence
  • Judges’ Impartiality
  • Judges’ Competence
  • Juries’ Fairness

What's good for the Fortune 500

Of course, “fairness” and “competence” was judged from the perspective of what’s good for The Fortune 500 – not the individual Americans.

On the whole, the company chiefs felt that the overall average “scores” of the states are increasing.

But the most galling assessment was this: “about half believe that the states are doing an excellent or pretty good job with respect to their state liability systems, and the other half believe the states’ systems are only fair or poor.”

This is no surprice, because there are so many lawsuits against corporations that the federal courts have created special “multi-district litigation dockets” (MDLs) to handle them all. Each docket has hundreds or thousands of cases, and there are 300 MDLs.

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