BATON ROUGE, LA — Based on a survey by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), Louisiana ranks number #2 in the nation as a “judicial hellhole.”
In their annual report released on Tuesday, the ATRA defines judicial hellholes as “jurisdictions where the judiciary ‘systematically fails to adhere to core judicial tenets or principals of the law. They have strayed from the mission of providing legitimate victims a forum in which to seek just compensation.”
According to Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, Louisiana has an unpredictable lawsuit environment created by abuse and questions of corruption. This threatens the states long-term economic competitiveness and challenges the validity of its legal system.
The ATRA report highlights the actions of Attorney General James Caldwell. Caldwell has allegedly created a “buddy system” in which he gives lucrative, no-bid contracts to his political supporters with no oversight or transparency.
Apparently, Louisiana has been near the top of this ATRA list several times since 2002.
Other national groups have also questioned Louisiana’s legal atmosphere. In 2012, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform ranks LA courts 49th in the nation for legal fairness.
Other criticism has come from the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy, calling LA a “hotbed for new legal theories” and a “magnet for mass tort lawyers.”