The ninth annual report names civil courts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; CaliforniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Los Angeles and Humboldt counties; West Virginia; South Florida; Cook County, Illinois; and Clark County, Nevada as some of the worst in the nation.
ATRA notes that many of the jurisdictions cited this year have been cited before and remain hostile to reform efforts. Not coincidentally, the local or state economies in many of these jurisdictions also have suffered more than most during the latest recession, according to ATRA.
The report also calls attention to several additional jurisdictions that bear watching for suspicious or negative developments in litigation, or for their histories of abuse.
On this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s watch list are: Madison County, Illinois; Atlantic County, New Jersey; St. Landry Parish, Louisiana; District of Columbia; New York City and Albany, New York; and St. Clair County, Illinois.
Other areas to watch include the Gulf Coast of Texas and McLean County, Illinois, according to ATRA.
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