Survey Ranks Florida’s Lawsuit Climate Among Nation’s Worst

“If we make the (legal climate) so it’s based on the clients rather than the attorneys, I think that would be a better climate.”

GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS

“Florida has one of the nation’s top business climates, but the number one thing we must fix that’s holding us back is Florida’s broken, expensive and unfair legal system.”

MARK WILSON
President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Click here for Mark Wilson’s remarks.

Florida’s lawsuit climate ranked 46th out of 50 in a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The city of Miami ranked among the ten worst jurisdictions in the nation.

The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by the renowned polling firm The Harris Poll on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, questioned senior business executives about the fairness and reasonableness of state court systems.

The poor perception of Florida’s legal climate is critical because 89 percent of survey participants—an all-time high—said a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company’s decisions about where to locate or do business.

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