Calif.'s 'Judicial Hellhole' Ranking Doesn't Tell Full Story

By Erin Coe (December 19, 2013, 10:40 PM EST) -- After the American Tort Reform Association ranked California's civil court system as the U.S.' top "judicial hellhole" for the second consecutive year, experts told Law360 on Thursday that while the report touches on some real problems with the low bar for filing consumer class actions, disability-access cases and other tort claims in the state, it paints a one-sided picture of California's litigation environment.

The ATRA, founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies and whose members include the American Medical Association and the American Insurance Association, on Tuesday released its annual list of states where judges in civil suits systematically apply...

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