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Dec 17, 2013 12:44 PM by Ashley Guidroz

Louisiana Ranked Second in Nation as a Judicial Hellhole

A new report has Louisiana ranked second in the nation as a Judicial Hellhole. The report comes from the American Tort Reform Association's Judicial Hellholes program that's been documenting the nation's most unfair civil courts since 2002.

According to the annual ATRA report released today, Judicial Hellholes are defined as jurisdictions where the judiciary "systematically fail(s) to adhere to core judicial tenets or principles of the law. They have strayed from the mission of providing legitimate victims a forum in which to seek just compensation."

According to the Judicial Hellholes report, Louisiana was ranked Number 2 after the state's high court gave new life to abusive "legacy lawsuits" that threaten the state's onshore oil and gas production .
They say a levee board and two parishes, aided by private lawyers, also seek money from energy companies for shoreline restoration projects that are not in line with the state's Master Plan .
They add despite its efforts to be a good corporate citizen in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP is being fleeced by "fictitious" claims .
And state Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell continues to offer lucrative legal work to his friends and political supporters without open bidding or oversight

California was ranked Number 1, followed by Louisiana, New York City, West Virginia, Southwestern Illinois' Madison and St. Clair counties, and South Florida.

For the complete list, click here.

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