Rankings name Florida the nation’s "judicial hellhole"

Florida was named the nation's "judicial hellhole" in a recent ranking by the American Tort Reform Foundation. | [Courtesy of the American Tort Reform Foundation.]
Florida was named the nation's "judicial hellhole" in a recent ranking by the American Tort Reform Foundation. | [Courtesy of the American Tort Reform Foundation.]
Published December 6 2017
Updated December 6 2017

Florida’s dubious reputation precedes it in many categories — bizarre crimes, spontaneous sinkholes and now, lawsuit abuse. A recent report by the American Tort Reform Association ranked Florida as the nation’s "worst judicial hellhole."

The study "has identified and documented places where judges in civil cases systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally to the disadvantage of defendants," a release said.

Driving the Sunshine State’s ranking is an "aggressive personal injury bar’s fraudulent and abusive practices" in south Florida and recent Supreme Court decisions. Other "hellhole" jurisdictions include California, New York City and St. Louis, Mo.

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