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Lawsuit abuse hurts West Virginia

Oct. 1-5 marks "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week."

There is perhaps no other state in the nation where it is more appropriate to reflect on the impact lawsuit abuse has on our daily lives than here in West Virginia.

Our state continues to earn the ranking of worst lawsuit climate in the nation.  

These national rankings merely echo what significant job providers are already telling us:   West Virginia has too many lawsuits and our court system just doesn't compare to neighboring states.

While state lawmakers have taken some steps to address issues with our state legal system, it is clear that we haven't done enough. With nearly half of the states passing meaningful legal reform measures last year alone, the Mountain State is actually falling further behind.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse encourages local residents to think about what matters most for their families and friends - more jobs or more lawsuits?  

We've witnessed firsthand what life is like as a "Judicial Hellhole" for the last decade, and it isn't pretty. Our state ranks poorly for job creation and household incomes.

It's about time we finally choose more jobs, and not more lawsuits. It's a choice that will ultimately benefit all West Virginians.

Richie Heath


Heath is executive director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.



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