Tiger Joyce: December 17, 2018


Judicial Hellholes Report Clearly Demonstrates

the Need for a More Balanced Civil Justice System



Tiger Joyce

President of American Tort Reform Association


The 2018 – 2019 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on nine jurisdictions, courts or legislatures that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Whether it be welcoming litigation tourism or adopting novel theories of liability, judges and legislatures seem eager to expand civil liability at every given opportunity.  These Judicial Hellholes systemically apply laws and procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the disadvantage of defendants.

A recent study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform highlights both the overall cost and inefficiencies of the tort system. The report states that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion in 2016, accounting for 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The 2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions largely contributed to these costs, and on a local level, they saw job loss, personal income loss, and state revenue loss due to the excessive tort costs in the states.  The data clearly demonstrates the need for a more balanced civil justice system.

On December 4th, Tiger Joyce, President of the American Tort Reform Association, will be available for interviews to discuss which states need the most judicial reform and what can be done to ratify change in the court system.

2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes

  • No. 1 California
  • No. 2 Florida
  • No. 3 New York City
  • No. 4 St. Louis, Missouri
  • No. 5 Louisiana
  • No. 6 Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • No. 7 New Jersey Legislature
  • No. 8 Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois
  • No. 9 Twin Cities, Minnesota


For more information go to www.atra.org



Founded in 1986, ATRA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with affiliated coalitions in more than 40 states. It is the nation’s only organization dedicated exclusively to reforming the civil justice system through education and legislative enactment, and acts as a nationwide network of state-based liability reform coalitions backed by 135,000 grassroots supporters. ATRA works to bring greater fairness, predictability and efficiency to America’s civil justice system. Those efforts have resulted in the enactment of state and federal laws that make the system fairer for everyone.

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