Florida Supreme Court Called 'Judicial Hellhole'

Date: March 15, 2017

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Frustrated by Florida’s Supreme Court’s recent anti-small business decisions?

If so, you’re not alone.

In a new report, the American Tort Reform Foundation ranks the state’s high court, along with South Florida, the No. 4 “Judicial Hellhole” in its annual rankings of states’ and cities’ civil justice systems.

“The Sunshine State is characterized by a state high court that continually expands the liability exposure of those who live and do business there,” the report’s authors stated. “That trend continued in 2015 with three more rulings impacting property owners, manufacturers and retailers, and insurers.”

The report cited recent decisions by the court on workers’ compensation that have lead to particular pain for small business owners.

“This year’s decisions increase workers’ compensation costs and subject to new liability employers, state agencies and even those who call police for help,” the report stated.

Likewise, according to the report, “South Florida, in particular, is known for its aggressive personal injury and consumer litigation bar and troubling alliances between lawyers, shady medical clinics, and service providers that run up expenses for lawsuits.”

To read the full report, and find out more about how Florida’s civil justice system stacks up, click here. http://www.judicialhellholes.org/2015-2016/florida/

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