Gino DiCaro

California business legal climate ranked 4th worst in nation

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Sept. 14, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A new report has been released evaluating how businesses perceive each state’s tort liability system. The report, conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, based its rankings on results from an annual nationwide survey of corporate general counsels and senior attorneys.

According to the report, when it came to ranking “fairness and reasonableness,” in regards to business lawsuits, California received a dismal ranking of 47th – or 4th worst in the nation. The survey report attributed California’s low ranking to its perception as a "haven for class action lawsuits” and argued that “judges can certify cases for trial that wouldn't be certified in most other parts of the country."

The report’s local jurisdiction rankings shoed Los Angeles County had the second worst business legal climate; followed by San Francisco with the fourth worst.

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