Georgia ranks No. 6 on the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual ranking of “Judicial Hellholes.” The foundation released its 2020-21 list in December. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court together ranked No. 1.
The foundation said Georgia made the list “thanks to a continued rise in nuclear verdicts, the increasing role of third-party litigation financing, and ever-expanding premise liability.”
It said, “Trial lawyers have spent millions of dollars on advertisements, publicizing their jackpot verdicts and looking for their next big payday. And while the Georgia legislature seemed poised to address lawsuit abuse plaguing the state’s judicial system, its efforts were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
NFIB State Director Nathan Humphrey said, “The American Tort Reform Foundation’s report underscores the need for Georgia’s General Assembly to ensure that the state’s courts are fair and impartial.”