Information from the American Tort Reform Foundation report released Dec. 16
2008/2009 Judicial Hellholes
Places where judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an inequitable manner, generally against defendants in civil lawsuits.
1. West Virginia
2. South Florida
3. Cook County, Ill.
4. Atlantic County, N.J.
5. Montgomery and Macon counties, Ala.
6. Los Angeles County, Calif.
7. Clark County, Nev.
Hellhole Watch List
Jurisdictions that bear watching for suspicious or negative developments in litigation, histories of abuse or laudable efforts to improve themselves
1. The Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley of Texas
2. Madison County, Ill.
3. Baltimore, Md.
4. St. Louis (city of) and St. Louis and Jackson counties, Mo.
Points of Light
Interventions by judges, legislators, the electorate and the media that reduce lawsuit abuse