Louisiana labeled ‘Judicial Hellhole’ for 7th year

Great Baton Rouge Business Report
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The American Tort Reform Association has once again labeled Louisiana as a “Judicial Hellhole” this year, ranking the state at No. 4. 

Louisiana has been included in the rankings for the past seven years, fluctuating between the No. 2 spot in 2013 to No. 8 in 2017

The organization labeled Louisiana as one such hellhole this year due to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ “propensity to hire former campaign donors to represent the state in litigation.” 

The report also claims “rampant lawsuit abuse is driving up the cost of auto insurance” and that the state Legislature has failed to address it. It also cites recently reported judicial misconduct. 

Edwards’ office declined to comment on the report, calling it “fiction” and says the group “is funded by several Washington special interest groups who have no interest in protecting our citizens.”

The American Tort Reform Association was founded in 1986 and is classified as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. Its membership consists largely of Fortune 500 companies, according to the Center for Justice and Democracy’s fact sheet on the organization.  

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