Baltimore Placed on 'Judicial Hellholes' Watchlist

Date: January 17, 2018

Baltimore has been put on notice by the American Tort Reform Association.

Every year since 2002, the American Tort Reform Association puts out the Judicial Hellholes report, which identifies and ranks the states or localities in which it feels judges systematically apply laws and court procedures unfairly. The unbalanced judicial treatment typically harms defendants. In the 2017-2018 report, Baltimore was placed on the report’s watchlist.

“Prompted by overtures from the politically powerful personal injury law firm of Peter Angelos, Maryland lawmakers in 2018 are expected to consider what would effectively be a change to Maryland’s longstanding statute of repose, reviving questionable, if not outright fraudulent asbestos claims if the state’s high court does not do so first,” the report said. “Plaintiffs’ lawyers also want lawmakers’ help in building a ‘litigation superhighway’ for these stale old cases by hiring more judges in Baltimore at taxpayers’ expense.”

To read the full report, visit


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