A record 89 percent of senior business executives say a state’s lawsuit climate impacts important company decisions such as where to locate or do business, according to a new national survey measuring the relative fairness of the nation’s 50 state lawsuit climates.
The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by renowned polling firm The Harris Poll on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, questioned senior business executives about the fairness and reasonableness of state court systems. Those scores were compiled and the nation’s 50 states were ranked.
Delaware’s legal system was ranked best in the country; Illinois’ system is the worst. Additionally, 24 percent selected Chicago or Cook County, Illinois, as the worst city or county court.
Other notable rankings include California (48th) and Florida (46th). New York slid this year, falling seven slots to 36th from 29th in 2017. On the other end, Montana jumped 20 slots to 7th best overall.
“The survey should be a wake-up call to policymakers that their state’s economic growth and prosperity depend in large part on the fairness and predictability of its legal system,” said Harold Kim, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. “States like Illinois are pariahs to companies. Illinois’ lawsuit system is so bad that major tech companies are refusing to sell some of their products there.”