The Landscape of Tort Mania

March 1, 2003

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The Landscape of Tort Mania

Originally Published MX March/April 2003


Product liability hot spots have a geographic as well as technological dimension. The American Tort Reform Association cites the following areas as "tort hellholes."

  • Alameda County, CA (including Oakland, Berkeley).

  • Los Angeles County, CA (particularly the Civil Central West Division).

  • San Francisco County, CA.

  • Madison County, IL (across the river from St. Louis, MO).

  • Orleans Parish, LA (New Orleans).

  • Mississippi's 22nd Judicial District (the Gulf Coast).

  • St. Louis, MO.

  • Hidalgo County, TX (southern Rio Grande Valley).

  • Jefferson County, TX (including Beaumont, Port Arthur).

  • Nueces County, TX (including Corpus Christi).

  • Starr County, TX (southern Rio Grande Valley).

Regardless of where a company's manufacturing facility is located, medical products in the stream of commerce may provoke claims elsewhere than their birthplace. If a claim arises in one of the 11 areas listed, the defendant should weigh the jury risk and proceed with caution.

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