California Places Third on Annual “Judicial Hellhole” List!


For the second year in a row, California has avoided being “the worst in the nation,” but still managed to secure the unenviable third position on the American Tort Reform Foundation’s (“ATRF”) Annual Judicial Hellholes List.

The ATRF characterizes California as the “plaintiffs’ bar’s laboratory for finding new ways to expand liability,” highlighting several key judicial and legislative trends contributing to each Californian paying an annual “tort tax” of $2,120 – the third highest in the nation. Highlights include:

For those keeping track at home, according to the ATRF, California finishes behind Georgia and Pennsylvania (tied for first) and Cook County, Illinois.

Read the ATRF’s full report here.


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National Law Review, Volumess XIII, Number 342