California tops the “Judicial Hellholes” 2018-2019 list. The American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” report ranks the nation’s civil courts based on how their civil court judges apply laws and court procedures.
According to the list, California’s civil court judges have been the ‘most unfair’ in their handling of cases, generally to the disadvantage of defendants.
Florida took the number two spot, followed by New York City, The City of St. Louis, and Louisiana. The American Tort Reform President said, “California judges and legislators expand liability at almost every given opportunity...the court adopted ‘innovator liability,’ a novel and expansive theory concocted by the trial bar that has been rejected by more than 35 state and federal courts around the country.”
California has held the top spot since the 2012-2013 report.