West Virginia ranks 3rd on the American Tort Reform Association's "Judicial Hellholes 2005". Here is a correction to the summary of West Virginia after Ken Ward, Jr. at The Charleston Gazette, notified the ATRA of an error in the West Virginia section of the report.
According to the report here are the top 6:
1. Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast, Texas
2. Cook County, Illinois
3. West Virginia
4. Madison County, Illinois
5. St. Clair County, Illinois
6. South Florida
My favorite quotes about West Virginia appear on the second page of the report.
"West Virginia was a 'field of dreams' for plaintiffs' lawyers. We built it and they came."
West Virgina Judge Arthur Recht
"As long as I am allowed to redistribute wealth from out-of-state companies to in-state plaintiffs, I shall continue to do so."
Hon. Richard Neely
Thanks to InhouseBlog via the Association of Corporate Counsel for the tip on the new report.