The SCCLR and our associates are pushing for the passage of legislation that will address several key and much needed tort reform issues. Supreme Court decisions and contradictory language in some statutes have lead to opinions that put businesses in unfair positions in court and have tilted the balance within our judicial system. One bill, […]
South Carolina Drops To 37th in Institute for Legal Reform’s 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States
September 27, 2019 South Carolina is ranked #37 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling three positions from 34th since 2017. South Carolina is now in the bottom fourteen states in the country in the survey conducted by Harris Poll and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Illinois’ […]
This July of 2019, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) released the list of 2019 state tort reform enactments during the spring session in many states. The list may be found here: 2019 State Enactments Although South Carolina had several very necessary tort reform bills introduced this year and pushed by our Coalition, none received […]
Jan. 10, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending in top media markets for TV ads from trial lawyers. “Have you been hurt? Call the number on your screen now because you may be entitled to compensation!” If it seems like these advertisements bombard nearly every TV commercial […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion—or 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)—in 2016. Despite those numbers, the study shows that the system delivered only 57 cents […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised South Carolina attorney general candidate Alan Wilson for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2018 Transparency Code pledge and for his promise to support some version of the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TiPAC) model legislation supported by ATRA. “By signing […]
Joint and Several Liability: Should a Party Who is 1 Percent Responsible Pay 100 Percent of Damages?
Marking the one-year anniversary of SC Supreme Court ruling in the case Smith v. Tiffany. Today, April 26, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of a South Carolina Supreme Court case that could put SC businesses at risk for being unfairly targeted in lawsuits. The Court’s majority decision in Smith v. Tiffany is a giant step […]
April 17, 2018 The New York Post Editorial Board said a recent report is “yet another grotesque abuse by the legal-lending industry.” Sunday, the New York Times reported that lawyers, lawsuit lenders, and marketing firms worked in tandem to encourage women to have “often-unneeded surgery” to make them better plaintiffs in lawsuits against medical device […]
Gov. Henry McMaster Signs H.3653 into Law: H.3653 Protects South Carolina Businesses, Promotes Investment and Job Creation
Governor Henry McMaster Press Release: February 13, 2018 2/13/2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by members of the business community and members of the General Assembly for a bill signing ceremony for H.3653, a bill protecting South Carolina companies from being found a public or private nuisance if they are following all pertinent […]
US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Releases 2017 State Lawsuit Climate Report: SC Still Ranks in Bottom Third of All States
September 12, 2017 The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states’ liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. These perceptions matter because they can be influential in business decisions about where to conduct/expand/constrict […]
Time to Take Action Ending Frivolous Lawsuits (Article published in GSA Business Report/ link) Each year thousands of Americans – including many South Carolinians – are adversely affected by frivolous lawsuits. These lawsuits pose a serious threat to South Carolina’s victims, businesses and workers, and place a needless strain on our state’s taxpayers and judicial system. […]
ATRA Cheers SCOTUS Term’s Jurisdiction-Case ‘Trifecta’ Press Releases | June 19, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 – With today’s announced decision of a third significant jurisdictional case by the U.S. Supreme Court this term, the American Tort Reform Association applauded the […] WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 – With today’s announced decision of a […]
U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb “Double Dip” Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs
May 04, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio’s asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs’ lawyers from gaming the asbestos […]
Congressman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, has offered his strong support for legislation that aims to curb what sponsors argue are abusive practices related to class action lawsuits. The U.S. House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act in March, and it is now with the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Its main provisions […]
March 03, 2017 Court settlements resulting in millions for the lawyers and nothing for the plaintiffs, hedge funds betting on the outcomes of cases, and lawsuits claiming advertising led plaintiffs to believe Red Bull could give them wings are all signs that our civil justice system is open to exploitation. Legislation before the U.S. House […]
Washington, DC, December 15, 2016 — The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Missouri, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation. “With both this annual report and a year-round website, our Judicial […]
Ralph Nader, Apologist for a System Abused by his Allies April 21, 2016 In a long and meandering piece for Harper’s Magazine, self-proclaimed consumer advocate, sometime-presidential candidate and “Tort Law Museum” founder Ralph Nader offers up his defense of the American tort law system with the sub-header, “Your lawsuits are good for America.” While Mr. […]
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) and the US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform Today Released Their Report: “Trial Lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch”
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) and the US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform released a joint report today entitled, “Trial lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch”, a report documenting a nearly seven-year expansion of civil liability at the expense of investment, innovation and economic competitiveness. From their release: “In defense of lawmakers and […]
The US Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) has released its 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. South Carolina improved three spots since the last report in 2012, moving from 39th to 36th. South Carolina still has much room for improvement. The survey news release states that “75 percent of attorneys at U.S. companies say a […]
On Wednesday, June 3, 2015, SC lawmakers passed House Bill H.3266, the Trespasser Responsibility Act bill, by a 41-1 vote in the Senate and a 94-0 concurrence vote in the House. Governor Haley has signed the bill into law. The bill, now Act No.65, codifies the common law and its limitations on liability by land […]
April 2, 2015 http://www.wsj.com/articles/tiger-joyce-how-the-tort-juggernaut-trolls-for-clients-1428016906 OPINION How the Tort Juggernaut Trolls for Clients Judges and juries have begun to expose the fraud behind many injury claims. The FTC should dig into it too. By TIGER JOYCE It has been more than 15 years since former Supreme Court Justice David Souter referred to asbestos litigation […]
One needs to look no further than U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges’ Garlock Sealing Technologies decision in a Charlotte federal court last year or the recent resignation of NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in light of his indictment on asbestos fraud charges, to begin to understand the degree of fraud and abuse that exits in asbestos litigation and trusts […]
By Mikee Johnson Guest Columnist The State Newspaper March 5, 2015 Frivolous lawsuits victimize South Carolina’s citizens and businesses, and it’s time this stops. There are three areas of tort reform that must be a top priority in this year’s legislative session. If someone cuts a leg on a barbed-wire fence while he’s trespassing, the […]
The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual Judicial Hellholes® report on December 16, 2014, naming civil courts in California, Louisiana, New York City, West Virginia, Southwestern Illinois’ Madison and St. Clair counties, and South Florida among the nation’s “most unfair.”
In the areas of tort reform and workers compensation, SCCLR has made significant legislative progress strengthening the business climate for current and future businesses and industries in South Carolina.
An important element to job retention and creation is developing positive conditions for businesses to prosper and grow. Likewise, an important element of a positive business environment is low costs of doing business. One way we can move South Carolina forward starts with improving the civil lawsuit climate.
National Poll: Voters Say Litigation is Hurting Economy, They’re More Likely to Support Pro-Tort Reform Candidates
American Tort Reform Association – August 21, 2012
The American Tort Reform Association and the grassroots Sick of Lawsuits campaign have released a new national survey indicating that strong majorities of voters across the political spectrum believe lawsuit abuse hurts economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness.
Senator Shane Massey Introduces Bills to Protect South Carolina Taxpayers From Lawsuit Abuse.