Calif. Tops 'Judicial Hellhole' List Again In 2013
By Erica Teichert
Law360, Washington (December 17, 2013, 6:54 PM EST) -- California's civil courts took the top spot for the second consecutive year on the American Tort Reform Association's controversial “Judicial Hellholes” list that included New York, Florida and Illinois courts on Tuesday, as the association claimed California courts are dominated by plaintiff-friendly consumer protection laws.
ATRA bemoaned California's “half-hearted legislative reform” and willingness to hear nuisance lawsuits that have already been thrown out of other state courts, claiming its litigation-happy courts have ultimately placed a $33.5 billion hidden tax on its residents this year thanks to...