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STATE JUDICIAL PROFILES BY COUNTY 2021-2022

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USLAW is your home field advantage. The home field advantage comes from knowing and understanding the venue in a way that allows a competitive advantage – a truism in both sports and business. Jurisdictional awareness is a key ingredient to successfully operating throughout the United States and abroad. Knowing the local rules, the judge, and the local business and legal environment provides our firms’ clients this advantage. USLAW NETWORK bring this advantage to its member firms’ clients with the strength and power of a national presence combined with the understanding of a respected local firm. In order to best serve clients, USLAW NETWORK biennially updates its countyby-county jurisdictional profile, including key court decisions and results that change the legal landscape in various states. The document is supported by the common consensus of member firm lawyers whose understanding of each jurisdiction is based on personal experience and opinion. Please remember that the state county-by-county comparisons are in-state comparisons and not comparisons between states. There are a multitude of factors that go into such subjective observations that can only be developed over years of experience and participation. We are pleased on behalf of USLAW NETWORK to provide you with this jurisdictional snapshot. The information here is a great starter for discussion with the local USLAW member firm on how you can succeed in any jurisdiction. This conversation supplements the snapshot because as we all know as with many things in life, jurisdictions can change quickly. Please use this document as a way to begin exploring the benefits of an ongoing relationship with USLAW.

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Table of Contents Alabama.................................... page 1

Montana...................................page 26

Alaska....................................... page 2

Nebraska..................................page 27

Arizona...................................... page 3

Nevada.....................................page 28

Arkansas.................................... page 4

New Hampshire..........................page 29

California................................... page 5

New Jersey...............................page 30

Colorado.................................... page 6

New Mexico..............................page 31

Connecticut................................ page 7

New York..................................page 32

Delaware................................... page 8

North Carolina............................page 33

Florida....................................... page 9

North Dakota..............................page 34

Georgia.....................................page 10

Ohio.........................................page 35

Hawaii......................................page 11

Oklahoma..................................page 36

Idaho........................................page 12

Oregon......................................page 37

Illinois......................................page 13

Pennsylvania.............................page 38

Indiana.....................................page 14

Rhode Island..............................page 39

Iowa.........................................page 15

South Carolina...........................page 40

Kansas......................................page 16

South Dakota.............................page 41

Kentucky...................................page 17

Tennessee.................................page 42

Louisiana..................................page 18

Texas.......................................page 43

Maine.......................................page 19

Utah.........................................page 44

Maryland...................................page 20

Vermont....................................page 45

Massachusetts...........................page 21

Virginia.....................................page 46

Michigan...................................page 22

Washington...............................page 47

Minnesota.................................page 23

West Virginia.............................page 48

Mississippi................................page 24

Wisconsin.................................page 49

Missouri...................................page 25

Wyoming...................................page 50


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LAUDERDALE LIMESTONE

JACKSON

MADISON

COLBERT LAWRENCE

FRANKLIN

.. . . . . . MARION

FAYETTE

LAMAR

MARSHALL

CULLMAN

WINSTON

BLOUNT WALKER

GREENE

CLEBURNE

JEFFERSON

TALLADEGA

SHELBY

BIBB

PERRY AUTAUGA

DALLAS

MARENGO

CHOCTAW

LOWNDES

WILCOX

BUTLER CLARKE

RANDOLPH

CLAY

COOSA

CHILTON

HALE

SUMTER

. . . . ... CALHOUN

ST. CLAIR

TUSCALOOSA

PICKENS

CHEROKEE

ETOWAH

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Tuscaloosa County, home of the University of Alabama and previously thought of as a conservative county, recently entered a $30 million judgment in a wrongful death medical malpractice case. This is the largest medical malpractice award in the history of the state.

DE KALB

MORGAN

CHAMBERS

TALLAPOOSA

ELMORE

$16 million verdict in truck accident case was tried as a products case so that standard defenses in auto negligence cases were no longer available, which is a new tact taken by sophisticated plaintiffs’ counsel.

LEE

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MACON

RUSSELL

MONTGOMERY

BULLOCK

PIKE

BARBOUR

CRENSHAW

MONROE HENRY WASHINGTON

CONECUH

COFFEE

DALE

COVINGTON ESCAMBIA

GENEVA

HOUSTON

MOBILE

BALDWIN

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL MODERATE

While medical malpractice cases traditionally resulted in defense verdicts or minimal awards in Alabama, there has been a significant increase in the potential value of these cases throughout the entire state.

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ALABAMA


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NORTH SLOPE

NORTHWEST ARCTIC YUKON-KOYUKUK

NOME

FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR DENALI

SOUTHEAST FAIRBANKS

MATANUSKA-SUSITNA

WADE HAMPTON

VALDEZ-CORDOVA

BETHEL

ANCHORAGE KENAI PENINSULA

LAKE AND DILLINGHAM PENINSULA

YAKUTAT

HAINES

SKAGWAY-HOONAH-ANGOON HAINES

BRISTOL BAY

JUNEAU

SKAGWAY-HOONAH-ANGOON

SKAGWAY-HOONAH-ANGOON

SITKA WRANGELL-PETERSBURG KODIAK ISLAND

ALEUTIANS EAST

PRINCE OF WALESOUTER KETCHIKAN

PRINCE OF WALESOUTER KETCHIKAN KETCHIKAN GATEWAY

ALEUTIANS WEST

CONSERVATIVE

ALASKA

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COCONINO

MOHAVE NAVAJO APACHE

YAVAPAI

LA PAZ

GILA MARICOPA

GREENLEE

GRAHAM

PINAL YUMA

PIMA COCHISE

SANTA CRUZ

CONSERVATIVE

ARIZONA

LIBERAL MODERATE

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BENTON

FULTON

CARROLL

CLAY

RANDOLPH

BAXTER

BOONE MARION

IZARD WASHINGTON

GREENE

SHARP

LAWRENCE

MADISON NEWTON

SEARCY

STONE

CRAIGHEAD

INDEPENDENCE JOHNSON

CRAWFORD

VAN BUREN

FRANKLIN

CONWAY

YELL

PERRY

SCOTT

SALINE MONTGOMERY

GARLAND

HOT SPRING

GRANT

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LONOKE

PULASKI

POLK

JEFFERSON

PIKE SEVIER

HOWARD

CLARK DALLAS

CLEVELAND

...

...

WHITE

FAULKNER

POINSETT

JACKSON

POPE

LOGAN

SEBASTIAN

CLEBURNE

CROSS

WOODRUFF

PRAIRIE

LINCOLN

HEMPSTEAD

NEVADA

OUACHITA

DREW

CALHOUN BRADLEY

CRITTENDEN

ST. FRANCIS

LEE

MONROE

PHILLIPS

ARKANSAS

The Arkansas Supreme Court concluded a Lonoke County jury’s award of $42M in punitive damages did not “shock the conscience” in a case where the jury found only $5.9 million in actual damages.

DESHA LITTLE RIVER

MISSISSIPPI

MILLER

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL MODERATE

UNION

ASHLEY

CHICOT

... . . . .

LAFAYETTE

..

COLUMBIA

A jury awarded $46.5 million in damages in a medical malpractice case in Union County after the defense relied on the ability to apply a lower standard of care than national standards.

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SISKIYOU

MODOC

SHASTA

LASSEN

TRINITY

TEHAMA

PLUMAS BUTTE

GLENN

SIERRA

MENDOCINO

NEVADA YUBA COLUSA SUTTER

EL DORADO

YOLO NAPA

SONOMA

SACRAMENTO AMADOR

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SOLANO

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TUOLUMNE

CONTRA COSTA SAN JOAQUIN

ALAMEDA SAN MATEOSANTA CLARA

STANISLAUS

MONO

MARIPOSA

MERCED

MADERA

SANTA CRUZ

SAN BENITO

MONTEREY

FRESNO INYO TULARE KINGS

KERN

SAN LUIS OBISPO

SANTA BARBARA

VENTURA

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL MODERATE

LOS ANGELES

ORANGE

RIVERSIDE

.. . . . .

As a monolith, Los Angeles County is viewed as liberal. However, analysis of the sub-venue is require for a more accurate assessment. For example, sub-venues such as downtown Los Angeles and Compton have liberal juries, whereas sub-venues such as Long Beach and Santa Monica are relatively moderate, and sub-venues such as Chatsworth, Alhambra, Torrance, Van Nuys and Norwalk can even tilt conservative.

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An appellate court considering a Contra Costa County case found that defendants could present evidence of benefits under the Affordable Care Act to argue for a reduction in the costs of future medical care. The case is the latest in the line of cases establishing that plaintiff can only seek medical specials based on what was or will be paid rather than grossly billed by medical providers.

ALPINE

CALAVERAS

MARIN

SAN FRANCISCO

PLACER

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LAKE

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HUMBOLDT

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DEL NORTE

CA

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

While Orange County has been a rock-ribbed conservative venue, the changing political and cultural landscape is being reflected in the jury pools. Juries in Orange County may now consist of many Asian-American and Hispanic-American jurors. Relatively, it is still a good place to try a California case as a defendant, as the changing landscape seems more socially liberal while remaining economically conservative. For example, a USLAW member attorney recently obtained a defense verdict in a seven-figure slip-and-fall case despite arguing to a jury consisting of two registered Republicans and ten registered Democrats or Independents.

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In Nieto v. Clark’s Market, Inc., __ P.3d __, 2021 CO 48 (Colo. 2021), the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held that under the Colorado Wage Claim Act, all earned and determinable vacation pay must be paid out to an employee when she leaves her job. This ruling means that employers cannot require employees to forfeit unused vacation pay at the end of their employment. This decision could have potentially significant impacts for Colorado employers who do not already adhere to this practice.

The Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 21-1188, which allows a plaintiff to bring direct negligence claims against an employer even if the employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee. This bill explicitly overrules Ferrer v. Okbamicael, 390 P.3d 836 (Colo. 2017), which previously allowed employers to dismiss direct negligence claims if they admitted their employee was acting within the course and scope of their employment when they committed the alleged tort. This increases potential exposure for employers.

SEDGWICK MOFFAT

WELD

LARIMER

JACKSON

LOGAN PHILLIPS

ROUTT MORGAN GRAND

BOULDER

RIO BLANCO

BROOMFIELD

GILPIN EAGLE

SUMMIT

GARFIELD

PITKIN

DENVER CLEAR CREEK JEFFERSON

ARAPAHOE

ELBERT

DOUGLAS LAKE

KIT CARSON

PARK

MESA

TELLER DELTA GUNNISON

LINCOLN

EL PASO

CHAFFEE

CHEYENNE

FREMONT

KIOWA

MONTROSE

CROWLEY OURAY

PUEBLO

CUSTER

SAGUACHE

SAN MIGUEL

BENT HINSDALE

DOLORES

SAN JUAN

LA PLATA

PROWERS

OTERO MINERAL

HUERFANO RIO GRANDE

MONTEZUMA

YUMA

WASHINGTON

ADAMS

ALAMOSA

LAS ANIMAS ARCHULETA

CONEJOS

BACA

COSTILLA

CONSERVATIVE

COLORADO

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TOLLAND

HARTFORD

WINDHAM

LITCHFIELD

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FAIRFIELD

NEW LONDON MIDDLESEX

NEW HAVEN

Past is prologue: Fairfield Judicial District, based on its proximity to New York City, continues to lead the field in producing Connecticut’s most generous jury pool. On May 22, 2019, after five and a half days of deliberations, a jury in Stamford Superior Court awarded $14.2 million to a plaintiff who suffered back and neck injuries after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his car on an interstate highway. In addition to that verdict, the jury also awarded his wife $727,562.50 in past and future loss of consortium. This is believed to be one of the largest vehicular verdicts in Connecticut’s history.

CONSERVATIVE

CONNECTICUT

LIBERAL MODERATE

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STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

NEW CASTLE

• The Delaware Supreme Court concluded that registering to do business as a foreign corporation in Delaware will no longer serve as a basis for Delaware to exercise personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation for a cause of action unrelated to the foreign corporation’s activities in Delaware. Genuine Parts Co. v. Cepec, No. 528, 2015 (Del. Supr. April 18, 2016). • Recently, a Delaware jury awarded $40.6 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages in an asbestos case against Ford. That case is currently on appeal.

KENT

SUSSEX

CONSERVATIVE

DELAWARE

LIBERAL MODERATE

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HOLMES JACKSON OKALOOSA SANTA ROSA WASHINGTON WALTON

ESCAMBIA

BAY

CALHOUN

GADSDEN

NASSAU

JEFFERSON

LEON

HAMILTON

MADISON

LIBERTY WAKULLA TAYLOR GULF FRANKLIN

DUVAL

COLUMBIA BAKER SUWANNEE

UNION CLAY BRADFORD ST. JOHNS

LAFAYETTE DIXIE

GILCHRIST ALACHUA

PUTNAM FLAGLER

LEVY MARION VOLUSIA

The Florida Supreme Court, according to its exclusive rulemaking authority pursuant to article V, section 2(a) of the Florida Constitution, adopted chapter 2013-107, sections 1 and 2, Laws of Florida (Daubert amendments), which amended sections 90.702 (Testimony by experts) and 90.704 (Basis of opinion testimony by experts), Florida Statutes, of the Florida Evidence Code to replace the Frye standard for admitting certain expert testimony with the Daubert standard, the standard for expert testimony found in Federal Rule of Evidence 702

CITRUS

LAKE SUMTER HERNANDO

SEMINOLE ORANGE

PASCO PINELLAS

HILLSBOROUGH

OSCEOLA BREVARD

POLK

INDIAN RIVER MANATEE

HARDEE

OKEECHOBEE ST. LUCIE

HIGHLANDS SARASOTADE SOTO

... ...

LIBERAL MODERATE

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... ...

CONSERVATIVE

$21,585,148 verdict to breast cancer patient whose physicians failed to diagnose inflammatory breast cancer for several months. Due to the aggressive type of cancer plaintiff had, an earlier diagnosis would not have improved her prognosis, and therefore the delay ultimately did not negatively affect her survival chances. The Miami jury awarded her over $21 million anyway, highlighting plaintiff-friendly nature of venue.

CHARLOTTE LEE

MARTIN

GLADES

... ...

Pregnant woman was killed when a drunk driver drove into a hotel cabana 15 feet from the road. The woman’s family sued the hotel and the driver. The South Florida jury found both parties liable and awarded damages of $24,057,283. The appellate court reversed and entered a directed verdict for the hotel, stating the position of the hotel relative to the road was not a dangerous condition, the hotel had acted reasonably, and the accident was attributable to “an improbable freak accident” and not to the negligence of the hotel. This is a surprising reversal from a typically liberal South Florida appellate Court.

HENDRY

PALM BEACH

BROWARD

COLLIER

MONROE

DADE

FLORIDA


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GA

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In May 2019, a Whitfield County Superior Court jury needed less than two hours to return a $21.6 million verdict against a trucking company in an accident that resulted in a below-the-knee amputation of the plaintiff’s left leg. This is a very high award for a historically conservative county. TOWNS

FANNIN

RABUN

UNION

MURRAY

WHITFIELD WALKER

GILMER

LUMPKIN

GORDON

CHATTOOGA

STEPHENS

PICKENS DAWSON

BANKS FRANKLIN

HALL

JACKSON POLK

COBB

PAULDING HARALSON

BARROW

GWINNETT

FAYETTE

GREENE TALIAFERRO

MORGAN

PIKE

LAMAR

..

... . . . . HOUSTON

LAURENS

BLECKLEY

TREUTLEN

PULASKI DODGE

WILCOX

WORTH

MILLER

MITCHELL

WHEELER

EVANS

TOOMBS

JEFF DAVIS

BEN HILL IRWIN

BRYAN CHATHAM

COFFEE

LIBERTY LONG

APPLING

BACON

WAYNE

MCINTOSH

TIFT PIERCE

BAKER

EARLY

EFFINGHAM

TELFAIR

LEE

DOUGHERTY

BULLOCH

TATTNALL

TURNER

CALHOUN

CANDLER

MONTGOMERY

CRISP

CLAY

SCREVEN

EMANUEL

SUMTER

RANDOLPH

JENKINS JOHNSON

TWIGGS

DOOLY

TERRELL

BURKE

WILKINSON

PEACH

TAYLOR

MACON MARION CHATAHOOCHEE SCHLEY

QUITMAN

JEFFERSON WASHINGTON

CRAWFORD

WEBSTER

RICHMOND

GLASCOCK

BALDWIN

JONES

BIBB

TALBOT

STEWART

COLUMBIA MCDUFFIE

PUTNAM HANCOCK

MONROE

MUSCOGEE

LINCOLN

WARREN

UPSON

In August 2019, a Muscogee County State Court jury needed 45 minutes to return a $280 million verdict against a trucking company whose driver crossed the center line and killed five members of a family traveling together.

OGLETHORPE WILKES

JASPER

BUTTS

SPALDING

HARRIS

CLARKE

HENRY

COWETA

MERIWETHER

ELBERT

WALTON

CLAYTON ROCKDALE NEWTON

CARROLL

TROUP

MADISON

OCONEE

DEKALB DOUGLAS FULTON

HEARD

HART

CHEROKEE FORSYTH

BARTOW

FLOYD

HABERSHAM

WHITE

BERRIEN

ATKINSON

COLQUITT

GLYNN WARE

COOK

BRANTLEY

LANIER

SEMINOLE DECATUR

GRADY

THOMAS

BROOKS

LOWNDES

CLINCH CHARLTON

CAMDEN

ECHOLS

CONSERVATIVE

GEORGIA

LIBERAL MODERATE

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HI

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

A May 2019 decision from the Hawaii Supreme Court in Nationstar Mortgage continues the Court’s recent trend of applying ordinary litigation rules very strictly to foreclosure actions, including the standing requirement and the business records exception to the hearsay rule. Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Kanahele, 2019 WL 1931703 (Haw. May 1, 2019). In Nationstar, the court concluded that discrepancies in Nationstar’s records indicated that the records were not trustworthy under the business records exception and additional affirmative steps would have to be taken to address the discrepancies on remand.

KAUAI

HONOLULU

KALAWAO

MAUI

HAWAII

CONSERVATIVE

HAWAII

LIBERAL MODERATE

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BOUNDARY

Hawes v. Western Pacific Timber, LLC, 167 Idaho 896, 477 P. 3d 950 (2020). In December of 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court affirmed a $2.2 million judgment against Western Pacific Timber, LLC for breach of contract. Western Pacific Timber, LLC offered a private attorney an in-house general counsel position, which included a severance package of up to $500,000 to leave the attorney’s firm. The severance was not paid, and the in-house counsel position was later eliminated at the company. The jury awarded plaintiff $500,000, which was trebled by the district court because it was a claim for unpaid wages and $573,904.38 was awarded in attorneys fees.

BONNER

KOOTENAI

SHOSHONE

BENEWAH

LATAH CLEARWATER NEZ PERCE LEWIS

ADAMS

LEMHI

VALLEY

WASHINGTON

GEM

BOISE

CANYON

ADA

JEFFERSON

BUTTE

ELMORE

CAMAS

FREMONT

MADISON TETON

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PAYETTE

CLARK

CUSTER

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Brauner v. AHC of Boise, LLC, 166 Idaho 398, 459 P.3d 1246 (2020) In February of 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court affirmed a judgment awarding plaintiff $2,265,204 in damages in a medical malpractice case. The judgment was awarded against AHC of Boise, LLC due to AHC’s delay in care, which was a substantial factor resulting in an above-the-knee amputation of plaintiff’s leg.

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IDAHO

Phillips v. Eastern Idaho Health Services, Inc., 166 Idaho 731, 463 P.3d 365 (2019). In March of 2020, the Idaho Supreme Court significantly limited the ability to obtain the testimony of consulting physicians used to familiarize an outof-state physician with the local standard of care. The Court held that consulting physicians can be deposed only if there is a showing of exceptional circumstances under which it is impracticable for the party to obtain facts or opinions on the same subject by other means. The Court explained that deposing a consulting physician to examine the reliability and truthfulness of the testifying physician is not sufficient to show exceptional circumstances. Furthermore, the Court found that the testimony of the consulting physicians was not relevant because the plaintiffs did not intend to rely on the consultations to lay foundation for the testifying physician’s testimony.

BONNEVILLE

BLAINE

BINGHAM GOODING

LINCOLN CARIBOU JEROME

MINIDOKA POWER

OWYHEE TWIN FALLS

CASSIA

BANNOCK

ONEIDA

BEAR LAKE FRANKLIN

CONSERVATIVE

IDAHO

LIBERAL MODERATE

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STEPHENSON

JO DAVIESS

CARROLL

WINNEBAGO

BOONE

MCHENRY

In 2018 more than 15 eight-figure and 40 seven-figure jury verdicts were rendered primarily in Cook County, but also throughout the state

LAKE

OGLE KANE

DE KALB WHITESIDE

DU PAGE

COOK

LEE KENDALL

ROCK ISLAND

BUREAU

HENRY

WILL

LA SALLE GRUNDY

MERCER

PUTNAM KANKAKEE

STARK

MARSHALL

KNOX HENDERSON

HANCOCK

LIVINGSTON

WARREN

MASON

...... CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL

EDGAR COLES

CHRISTIAN

......

For Madison and St. Clair County – full disclosure of insurance coverage levels has become a new focus of the plaintiff’s bar resulting in mini-trials on defendant corporations and their practices and policies. This trend has spread to Cook County

PIATT

MOULTRIE

SCOTT

GREENE

MACOUPIN

SHELBY CUMBERLAND

MONTGOMERY

JERSEY

MONROE

VERMILION

DOUGLAS

SANGAMON

... ...

CALHOUN

CHAMPAIGN

MACON

MORGAN PIKE

DE WITT

LOGAN

MENARD

CASS

BROWN

FORD

TAZEWELL

SCHUYLER ADAMS

IROQUOIS

MCLEAN

FULTON

MCDONOUGH

WOODFORD

PEORIA

EFFINGHAM

FAYETTE

JASPER

CLARK

CRAWFORD

BOND

MADISON

CLAY

RICHLAND LAWRENCE

MARION

CLINTON

WAYNE

ST. CLAIR WASHINGTON

RANDOLPH

WABASH EDWARDS

JEFFERSON

PERRY

HAMILTON

WHITE

FRANKLIN

JACKSON

WILLIAMSON

SALINE

GALLATIN

HARDIN UNION

ALEXANDER

JOHNSON

PULASKI

MODERATE

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IN

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In a premises liability case in plaintiff-friendly Lake County, plaintiff was awarded $2 million when the jury found that the restaurant was negligent for failing to warn of a hazard on the floor and provide adequate lighting.

LA GRANGE

STEUBEN

NOBLE

DE KALB

ELKHART

PORTER

LAKE

MARSHALL STARKE

KOSCIUSKO WHITLEY

JASPER

ALLEN

FULTON

PULASKI

NEWTON

BENTON

MIAMI

CASS

WHITE

WABASH HUNTINGTON

TIPPECANOE TIPTON

CLINTON

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MONTGOMERY

VERMILLION

PARKE

CLAY

...

HAMILTON

BOONE

MARION

JOHNSON

MORGAN

MONROE

BARTHOLOMEW

RIPLEY JENNINGS JACKSON JEFFERSON

MARTIN

WAYNE

UNION

FRANKLIN

In plaintiff-friendly Marion County (Indianapolis), a jury awarded $900,000 in damages to a theater patron who had knocked advertising brochures off of a ticket-counter and then slipped and fell on the brochures she had just knocked to the ground.

DEARBORN

OHIO SWITZERLAND

SCOTT WASHINGTON CLARK

DUBOIS

GIBSON

RANDOLPH

FAYETTE

DECATUR

BROWN

ORANGE PIKE

RUSH

SHELBY

LAWRENCE DAVIES

HENRY

HANCOCK

HENDRICKS

GREENE

KNOX

JAY

DELAWARE

OWEN

SULLIVAN

ADAMS

BLACKFORD

MADISON

PUTNAM

VIGO

... GRANT

HOWARD WARREN

... WELLS

CARROLL

FOUNTAIN

A jury in conservative Hendricks County awarded $18.5 million in damages to a 46-year-old man who was injured in a trucking accident.

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CRAWFORD HARRISON WARRICK

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VANDERBURGH

PERRY SPENCER

CONSERVATIVE

INDIANA

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STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

The Iowa Supreme Court’s 173-page, three-opinion ruling vacates a $2.5MM judgement and announces the elements of Iowa law on a sexually hostile work environment, the standard for retaliation claims, and constructive discharge.

OSCEOLA

LYON

DICKINSON

WINNEBAGO

EMMET

MITCHELL

WORTH

HOWARD

O’BRIEN

SIOUX

CHEROKEE

PLYMOUTH

MONONA

HUMBOLDT

CALHOUN

SAC

CRAWFORD

WRIGHT

CHICKASAW

CLAYTON

FAYETTE

BREMER BUTLER

GRUNDY

HARDIN

STORY

BOONE

FLOYD

FRANKLIN

HAMILTON

WEBSTER

GREENE

CARROLL

CERRO GORDO

HANCOCK

BUENA VISTA POCAHONTAS

IDA

WOODBURY

PALO ALTO

CLAY

ALLAMAKEE

WINNESHIEK

KOSSUTH

DELAWARE

LINN

BENTON

TAMA

MARSHALL

BUCHANAN

BLACK HAWK

DUBUQUE

JONES

JACKSON

CLINTON CEDAR HARRISON

SHELBY

AUDOBON

GUTHRIE

DALLAS

JASPER

POLK

IOWA

POWESHIEK

SCOTT

JOHNSON MUSCATINE

POTTAWATTAMIE

ADAIR

CASS

MADISON

WARREN

MARION

MAHASKA

KEOKUK

WASHINGTON LOUISA

MILLS

FREMONT

MONTGOMERY

PAGE

ADAMS

TAYLOR

UNION

RINGGOLD

CLARKE

DECATUR

LUCAS

WAYNE

MONROE

APPANOOSE

WAPELLO

DAVIS

JEFFERSON

HENRY

DES MOINES

VAN BUREN LEE

CONSERVATIVE

IOWA

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STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

SHERMAN

RAWLINS

DECATUR

THOMAS

SHERIDAN

NORTON

GRAHAM

PHILLIPS

ROOKS

SMITH

JEWELL

OSBORNE

MITCHELL

REPUBLIC

WASHINGTON

GOVE

TREGO ELLIS

ELLSWORTH GREELEY

WICHITA

SCOTT

LANE

NESS

RUSH

MORRIS

MCPHERSON

MARION

HODGEMAN

STAFFORD

KEARNY

RENO

GRAY GRANT

STEVENS

SEWARD

CLARK

JOHNSON

FRANKLIN

MIAMI

COFFEY

ANDERSON

LINN

GREENWOOD

WOODSON

ALLEN

BOURBON

WILSON

NEOSHO

BUTLER KIOWA

MEADE

DOUGLAS

LYON

PRATT

KINGMAN

SEDGWICK ELK

MORTON

SHAWNEE

HARVEY

FORD

HASKELL

WYANDOTTE

OSAGE

CHASE

EDWARDS

STANTON

WABAUNSEE

DICKINSON

PAWNEE

FINNEY

LEAVENWORTH

JEFFERSON

BARTON RICE

HAMILTON

SALINE

DONIPHAN

RILEY

GEARY

RUSSELL

BROWN

POTTAWATOMIE JACKSON

CLAY OTTAWA

LOGAN

NEMAHA

ATCHISON

CLOUD

LINCOLN WALLACE

MARSHALL

...

CHEYENNE

. . . .. .

In June 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court, which sits in Shawnee County, struck down as unconstitutional the state’s long-standing cap on non-economic damages. At the time, the cap was $325,000.

COMANCHE

BARBER

HARPER

SUMNER

COWLEY

MONTGOMERY CHAUTAUQUA LABETTE

CRAWFORD

CHEROKEE

CONSERVATIVE

KANSAS

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KY

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

In Lawson v. Ribeiro, __ S.W.3d___ (Ky. 2021), the Kentucky Supreme Court held that the Kentucky Court of Appeals exceeded the statutory basis for vacating an arbitration award. The Court of Appeals vacated an arbitration award in favor of a real estate agent who had been sued by her former client for breach of fiduciary duty. The Supreme Court’s decision reaffirmed a long-standing policy in Kentucky that a court’s review of an arbitrator’s award is limited. An arbitration award can only be vacated for the five grounds set forth in KRS 417.160, none of which were present in this case.

In Watson v. United States Liability Insurance Company – 2019-SC-475 – the Kentucky Supreme Court held that bad faith claims accrue when parties to litigation reach a settlement agreement because that is when the insurer becomes obligated to pay. In Miller v. House of Boom Kentucky, LLC – 2018-SC-625 – the Kentucky Supreme Court held that pre-injury waivers for minors are not enforceable even if signed by a parent/guardian.

BOONE KENTON CAMPBELL GALLATIN PENDLETON BRACKEN CARROLL GRANT MASON TRIMBLE GREENUP OWEN ROBERTSON LEWIS HENRY HARRISON OLDHAM FLEMING NICHOLAS BOYD CARTER SCOTT FRANKLIN ROWAN JEFFERSON BOURBON SHELBY BATH ELLIOTT WOODFORD LAWRENCE FAYETTE MONTGOMERY SPENCER ANDERSON MEADE CLARK BULLITT MENIFEE MORGAN HANCOCK JESSAMINE JOHNSON NELSON POWELL MARTIN MERCER HENDERSON BRECKINRIDGE WOLFE WASHINGTON MADISON MAGOFFIN DAVIES HARDIN ESTILL UNION BOYLE GARRARD LEE FLOYD MARION BREATHITT WEBSTER LARUE MCLEAN PIKE LINCOLN OHIO GRAYSON JACKSON OWSLEY CRITTENDEN ROCKCASTLE TAYLOR KNOTT CASEY HART HOPKINS GREEN PERRY LIVINGSTON BUTLER EDMONSON MUHLENBERG CLAY LETCHER PULASKI LESLIE LAUREL ADAIR CALDWELL LYON RUSSELL BALLARD MCCRACKEN WARREN BARREN METCALFE KNOX HARLAN MARSHALL CHRISTIAN CARLISLE LOGAN TODD CUMBERLAND WAYNE TRIGG WHITLEY SIMPSON ALLEN BELL MCCREARY MONROE HICKMAN GRAVES CLINTON CALLOWAY FULTON

CONSERVATIVE

KENTUCKY

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CADDO

WEBSTER BOSSIER

MOREHOUSE

UNION

CLAIBORNE

WEST CARROLL EAST CARROLL

LINCOLN RICHLAND

OUACHITA BIENVILLE DE SOTO

LA

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MADISON

JACKSON

RED RIVER

CALDWELL

FRANKLIN

TENSAS

WINN CATAHOULA

NATCHITOCHES SABINE

GRANT

LA SALLE CONCORDIA

RAPIDES VERNON

AVOYELLES WEST FELICIANA

BEAUREGARD

CALCASIEU

ALLEN

JEFFERSON DAVIS

EVANGELINE ST. LANDRY

EAST FELICIANA ST. HELENA

POINTE COUPEE

WASHINGTON

EAST BATON ROUGE TANGIPAHOA WEST ST. TAMMANY LIVINGSTON BATON ROUGE

ACADIA ST. MARTIN LAFAYETTE

IBERIA

CAMERON VERMILION

IBERVILLE

ASCENSION

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST ORLEANS ST. JAMES JEFFERSON ASSUMPTION ST. CHARLES ST. BERNARD ST. MARTIN

ST. MARY

LAFOURCHE TERREBONNE PLAQUEMINES

CONSERVATIVE

LOUISIANA

LIBERAL MODERATE

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ME

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AROOSTOOK

PISCATAQUIS

SOMERSET

.... . . . .

.

PENOBSCOT

WASHINGTON

FRANKLIN

HANCOCK

WALDO

OXFORD

KENNEBEC

ANDROSCOGGIN SAGADAHOC

KNOX

LINCOLN

In November 2016, a Penobscot County jury awarded a utility company more than $13.6 million in lost profits in a breach of contract lawsuit against a defendant company and four of its subsidiaries. This is a contract case so it does not necessarily remove Penobscot County from the list of conservative jurisdictions.

CUMBERLAND

YORK

CONSERVATIVE

MAINE

LIBERAL MODERATE

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MD

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

. . . .. . ......

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$1.2M for rear-end collision in jurisdiction known for low verdicts

WASHINGTON

ALLEGANY

...

...

Verdicts of $44M for a fertility related case and $16.5 for a failed abortion case demonstrate that sensitive issues command high verdicts in all kinds of jurisdictions

HARFORD

CARROLL

...

GARRETT

... ...

Three recent lead paint verdicts exceeding $1.63M to $3M continue a trend of high verdicts in lead paint cases

FREDERICK

CECIL

BALTIMORE

HOWARD

BALTIMORE CITY

KENT

MONTGOMERY ANNE ARUNDEL

QUEEN ANNE'S

CAROLINE PRINCE GEORGE'S

CHARLES

TALBOT

CALVERT DORCHESTER ST. MARY'S

WICOMICO

WORCESTER SOMERSET

CONSERVATIVE

MARYLAND

LIBERAL MODERATE

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MA

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

...

Massachusetts courts have enacted new rules governing collection of consumer credit card debt. Consumers now enjoy greater protection as commercial debt collectors face additional hurdles before filing collection complaints. This will also have a positive effect on the courts’ caseloads.

...

The Massachusetts Legislature recently enacted a new law governing non-competition agreements. The new law allows such agreements, but imposes strict requirements before they can be enforced. This will have a major impact on local businesses and will be the subject of much written case law in the coming months/ years.

Multiple multimillion dollar jury verdicts across state for brain injuries relating to births. $12.8 million jury verdict for brain injury suffered by child after delivery for negligent newborn care in Essex. $29.9 million jury verdict for brain injuries caused by birth complications in Hampden County. Both within the top 5 highest verdicts of the year, and both tried by the same plaintiff’s firm.

...

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ESSEX

FRANKLIN MIDDLESEX BERKSHIRE HAMPSHIRE

WORCESTER SUFFOLK

NORFOLK

.... . . . .

.

HAMPDEN

$32.3 million wrongful death jury verdict against a convenience store chain for woman killed by driver who suffered stroke and struck woman while entering one of defendant’s stores. The verdict is believed to have been the highest ever in Hampden County. In subsequent proceedings, the trial judge reduced the award to $20 million, which was still double what the decedent’s family had requested. Although Hampden County is relatively conservative, the jury award seems to reflect a trend toward more generous awards in the county.

PLYMOUTH BRISTOL

BARNSTABLE

DUKES NANTUCKET

CONSERVATIVE

MASSACHUSETTS

LIBERAL MODERATE

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MI

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

KEWEENAW

HOUGHTON

ONTONAGON

BARAGA MARQUETTE

GOGEBIC IRON

LUCE CHIPPEWA

ALGER SCHOOLCRAFT

DICKINSON

MACKINAC

DELTA

MENOMINEE

EMMET

CHEBOYGAN PRESQUE ISLE

CHARLEVOIX ANTRIM LEELANAU

GRAND KALKASKACRAWFORD OSCODA TRAVERSE

BENZIE

WEXFORD

MANISTEE MASON

MONTMORENCY ALPENA

OTSEGO

LAKE

MISSAUKEE OGEMAW ROSCOMMON

OSCEOLA

GLADWIN

CLARE

ALCONA IOSCO

ARENAC HURON

.... . . . .

In November 2019, an Ingham County jury awarded $17 million in a medical malpractice case involving a 73-year-old plaintiff who was paralyzed from the waist down after what was supposed to be a routine procedure to improve blood flow. This was the largest verdict in 2019.

NEWAYGO

MECOSTA ISABELLA MONTCALM

MUSKEGON

OTTAWA

KENT

IONIA

ALLEGAN

BARRY

KALAMAZOO

CASS

BERRIEN

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SANILAC

TUSCOLA

GRATIOT

SAGINAW

GENESEE CLINTON SHIAWASSEE

EATON

CALHOUN

VAN BUREN

MIDLAND

.

OCEANA

BAY

LAPEER

OAKLAND INGHAM LIVINGSTON

JACKSON

ST. CLAIR

MACOMB

WASHTENAW WAYNE

ST. JOSEPH BRANCH HILLSDALE LENAWEE MONROE

MICHIGAN


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MN

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ROSEAU

KITTSON

LAKE OF THE WOODS MARSHALL KOOCHICHING PENNINGTON RED LAKE

COOK

BELTRAMI

POLK

CLEARWATER

NORMAN

LAKE

ITASCA ST. LOUIS

MAHNOMEN HUBBARD BECKER

CASS

CLAY

WADENA

OTTER TAIL WILKIN

TODD

DOUGLAS

MORRISON

GRANT TRAVERSE BIG STONE

AITKIN

CROW WING

CARLTON

PINE

MILLE LACS KANABEC

BENTON STEVENS

POPE

STEARNS

SHERBURNE

SWIFT

ANOKA MEEKER

WRIGHT

CHIPPEWA KANDIYOHI

LAC QUI PARLE

RENVILLE

LYON

REDWOOD

WASHINGTON

CARVER

SIBLEY LINCOLN

CHISAGO

HENNEPIN RAMSEY MCLEOD

YELLOW MEDICINE

ISANTI

SCOTT

NICOLLET LE SUEUR

DAKOTA

RICE

GOODHUE WABASHA

BROWN

BLUE EARTH PIPESTONE MURRAY COTTONWOOD WASECA STEELE DODGE OLMSTED WATONWAN ROCK

NOBLES

JACKSON

MARTIN

FARIBAULT

FREEBORN

MOWER

WINONA

FILLMORE

HOUSTON

CONSERVATIVE

MINNESOTA

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MS

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

...

...

In this historically conservative venue, a verdict just under $5M was returned by a state court jury in a disputed liability trucking case with the largest component being $2.5M for non-economic damages (before reduction per statutory cap).

...

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ALCORN TISHOMINGO

TIPPAH

MARSHALL TATE

TUNICA

COAHOMA

BENTON

DESOTO

PRENTISS UNION

PANOLA

LAFAYETTE ITAWAMBA

LEE

PONTOTOC QUITMAN YALOBUSHA TALLAHATCHIE

BOLIVAR

CHICKASAW

CALHOUN

MONROE

GRENADA

SUNFLOWER LEFLORE

MONTGOMERY CARROLL CHOCTAW

WASHINGTON HUMPHREYS

CLAY

WEBSTER

HOLMES

ATTALA

OKTIBBEHA

WINSTON

LOWNDES

NOXUBEE

SHARKEY YAZOO ISSAQUENA

LEAKE

NESHOBA

KEMPER

MADISON

SCOTT

WARREN HINDS

LAUDERDALE

RANKIN SMITH

CLAIBORNE COPIAH

NEWTON

JASPER

CLARKE

SIMPSON

JEFFERSON LAWRENCE FRANKLIN

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL MODERATE

AMITE

MARION

PIKE

In Mississippi’s first civil trial post-COVID, an unusually large verdict for this venue of $1.3M was handed down in a rear-end accident (nontrucking) that resulted in a thoracic compression fracture.

WALTHALL

JONES

LAMAR FORREST PERRY

PEARL RIVER

.

WILKINSON

.... . . . .

ADAMS

LINCOLN

COVINGTON JEFFERSON DAVIS

STONE

HARRISON

WAYNE

GREENE

GEORGE

JACKSON

HANCOCK

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WORTH NODAWAY

PUTNAM

MERCER

HARRISON GENTRY

ANDREW DE KALB

SCHUYLER SCOTLAND CLARK

SULLIVAN

GRUNDY

HOLT

ADAIR

KNOX

LEWIS

DAVIESS LINN

MACON

SHELBY

LIVINGSTON BUCHANAN

MO

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

MARION

CLINTON CALDWELL CHARITON

PLATTE

RAY

CLAY

AUDRAIN

HOWARD

CASS

LINCOLN

BOONE

MONTGOMERY CALLAWAY

COOPER JOHNSON

WARREN ST. CHARLES

PETTIS MONITEAU

BATES

BENTON

GASCONADE OSAGE

MORGAN MARIES

CAMDEN

HICKORY

PULASKI

VERNON CEDAR POLK BARTON

DALLAS

FRANKLIN JEFFERSON

MILLER ST. CLAIR

PHELPS

CRAWFORD WASHINGTON

LACLEDE

REYNOLDS GREENE

WEBSTER WRIGHT

SHANNON CHRISTIAN

MCDONALD

BARRY

TANEY

PERRY CAPE GIRARDEAU

MADISON

BOLLINGER SCOTT

CARTER

DOUGLAS

OZARK

ST. FRANCOIS

WAYNE

STODDARD

HOWELL STONE

STE. GENEVIEVE

TEXAS

LAWRENCE NEWTON

IRON

DENT

DADE

JASPER

ST. LOUIS CITY

ST. LOUIS COLE

HENRY

RALLS

MONROE

PIKE SALINE

LAFAYETTE

JACKSON

RANDOLPH

CARROLL

OREGON

RIPLEY

In 2020, the Missouri Legislature passed legislation that makes significant reforms to the law governing the award of punitive damages. SB 591 (2020); Section 510.261 RSMo.

MISSISSIPPI

BUTLER NEW MADRID

PEMISCOT DUNKLIN

(Originated in Scott County) - On March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court affirmed an $870,000 verdict, including $300,000 in punitive damages against a medical center in a suit accusing health care providers of causing a patient’s death. The Court held that although the conduct was not “a complete indifference to or in conscious disregard for the rights or safety of others,” punitive damages were allowed because there was sufficient evidence that the health care providers exhibited a reckless indifference or conscious disregard of the patient’s well-being.

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL

Also on March 2, 2021, the Missouri Supreme Court adopted the Missouri Legislature’s changes to Rules 56.01, 57.01, 57.03, 57.04, 58.01, 59.01 and 61.01. SB 224 (2019). These changes, which are effective September 2, 2021, amend Missouri’s discovery rules to more closely resemble the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

MODERATE

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MT

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

GLACIER

LINCOLN

DANIELS

TOOLE

HILL

LIBERTY

BLAINE

FLATHEAD

PONDERA

ROOSEVELT

PHILLIPS

TETON

RICHLAND

CHOUTEAU

LAKE

SANDERS

SHERIDAN

VALLEY

MCCONE CASCADE

MINERAL MISSOULA

POWELL

JUDITH BASIN

LEWIS AND CLARK

FERGUS

GARFIELD

DAWSON

PETROLEUM PRAIRIE

MEAGHER GRANITE RAVALLI

WHEATLAND

BROADWATER

JEFFERSON DEER LODGE SILVER BOW

GOLDEN VALLEY

WIBAUX

MUSSELSHELL TREASURE

ROSEBUD

FALLON CUSTER

YELLOWSTONE SWEET GRASS STILLWATER

GALLATIN

...

PARK

BIG HORN

MADISON

... BEAVERHEAD

POWDER RIVER

CARTER

CARBON

YELLOWSTONE NP

... $52 million jury verdict (including $10 million punitive) in suit against outof-state bank for alleged breach of commercial loan agreement in Silver Bow County. New trial ordered on appeal based on trial court wrongfully applying MT law contrary to choice-oflaw provision in contract.

CONSERVATIVE

MONTANA

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NE

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

BOYD

KEYA PAHA DAWES

KNOX

CEDAR

CHERRY

SIOUX

SHERIDAN

BROWN

ROCK

BOX BUTTE

HOLT PIERCE

ANTELOPE GRANT

HOOKER

ARTHUR

MCPHERSON

SCOTTS BLUFF MORRILL BANNER

GARDEN

THOMAS

LOUP

BLAINE

VALLEY

GREELEY

CUSTER CHEYENNE KIMBALL

KEITH

WAYNE

THURSTON

MADISON STANTON CUMING

GARFIELD WHEELER BOONE

LOGAN

DIXON DAKOTA

PLATTE

COLFAX

BURT

DODGE WASHINGTON

NANCE SHERMAN HOWARD

DEUEL

MERRICK

POLK

BUTLER

HAMILTON

YORK

SEWARD

DOUGLAS

SAUNDERS

SARPY

LINCOLN DAWSON

PERKINS

BUFFALO

HALL

CASS LANCASTER

CHASE

HAYES

FRONTIER

GOSPER

PHELPS

KEARNEY

ADAMS

CLAY

FILLMORE

GAGE DUNDY

HITCHCOCK RED WILLOW

FURNAS

OTOE

SALINE

HARLAN FRANKLIN WEBSTER THAYER JEFFERSON NUCKOLLS

JOHNSON NEMAHA PAWNEE RICHARDSON

CONSERVATIVE

NEBRASKA

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NV

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

HUMBOLDT ELKO

WASHOE PERSHING

LANDER

EUREKA

CHURCHILL

WHITE PINE

STOREY

CARSON CITY DOUGLAS

LYON

MINERAL NYE

ESMERALDA

LINCOLN

In February 2018, a jury returned a $20 million verdict in a lawsuit filed by a teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a serious playground accident. This case was handled by Lasso Injury Law, LLC for Plaintiff.

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CONSERVATIVE

In 2013, 15-year-old Carl Thompson sat down on a swing set at Lamplight Village at Centennial Springs. When he sat down, the 42lb metal crossbar broke, landing on his head and crushing the left side of his skull. Thompson’s attorney argued the HOA knew the swing set was dangerous and that there had been four previous incidents where the crossbar fell. The manufacturer apparently told the HOA that it needed to have the swing set professionally inspected and maintained; however, the HOA failed to do so. The jury awarded $9.25M for Thompson’s future pain and suffering; $750K for past pain and suffering; and $10M for punitive exemplary damages

CLARK

NEVADA


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NH

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

COOS

. . ... .

In 2018, the New Hampshire Supreme Court affirmed a $900,000 jury award (including $400,000 for attorneys’ fees) in a trade secret case. Defendants, a group of utility brokerage firms, secretly hired a sales manager from one of the plaintiffs, several energy supply and consulting services. Defendants then conspired with the sales manager to misappropriate Plaintiffs’ confidential customer lists and pricing information and use that information to compete against the Plaintiffs.

GRAFTON

In 2018, a Rockingham County jury awarded plaintiff and her husband $9 million in damages following an accident where she was struck by a car while walking down the street. The jury awarded $8.5 million to the plaintiff for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, and $500,000 to plaintiff’s husband for loss of consortium. The verdict is notable, as it is one of the highest jury awards rendered in New Hampshire in recent years.

...

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CARROLL

SULLIVAN MERRIMACK

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BELKNAP

...

STRAFFORD

ROCKINGHAM

CHESHIRE

HILLSBOROUGH

CONSERVATIVE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

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NJ

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

SUSSEX PASSAIC

BERGEN

WARREN

MORRIS ESSEX

HUDSON

UNION SOMERSET HUNTERDON

MIDDLESEX MERCER MONMOUTH

BURLINGTON

GLOUCESTER

OCEAN

CAMDEN

SALEM ATLANTIC

CUMBERLAND

CONSERVATIVE

CAPE MAY

NEW JERSEY

LIBERAL MODERATE

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NM

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

...

In Santa Fe County, a jury awarded $165.5 million in a trucking matter involving the death of a mother and daughter. The jury verdict did not include any punitive damages. Santa Fe is long considered to be a very liberal venue. The notable aspect of this case was that the theme presented by Plaintiffs’ lawyers was largely the negligence of the Defendant. However, the jury did not award punitive damages, which is to be expected with a verdict this large, and with the Plaintiff’s attorneys pushing for justice. Rather, it appears the verdict was intended to reflect the overall tragedy of the case.

TAOS

RIO ARRIBA

...

SAN JUAN

UNION

COLFAX

MORA HARDING

...

LOS ALAMOS

SANDOVAL

MCKINLEY

SANTA FE

SAN MIGUEL

QUAY

BERNALILLO CIBOLA

GUADALUPE VALENCIA

CURRY

TORRANCE DE BACA SOCORRO

ROOSEVELT

CATRON LINCOLN

CHAVES

SIERRA GRANT

LEA

DONA ANA

OTERO

EDDY

LUNA

HIDALGO

CONSERVATIVE

NEW MEXICO

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NY

STATE JUDICIAL PROFILE BY COUNTY

CLINTON

FRANKLIN ST. LAWRENCE

JEFFERSON

ESSEX

LEWIS HERKIMER

HAMILTON WARREN

OSWEGO NIAGARA

ORLEANS

ONEIDA

WASHINGTON

WAYNE

FULTON

MONROE GENESEE

ERIE

ONONDAGA

WYOMING

SCHENECTADY

SENECA

LIVINGSTON

SCHUYLER CHAUTAUQUA

CATTARAUGUS

RENSSELAER

OTSEGO

YATES CORTLAND

ALLEGANY

MONTGOMERY

MADISON

CAYUGA

ONTARIO

SARATOGA

ALBANY

SCHOHARIE

CHENANGO

TOMPKINS GREENE

STEUBEN CHEMUNG

TIOGA

BROOME

COLUMBIA

DELAWARE

ULSTER

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LIBERAL

PUTNAM

ORANGE

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CONSERVATIVE

Effective as of December 28, 2018, CPLR 4511(c) creates a rebuttable presumption that the court can take judicial notice of Google Maps/Google Earth images and maps. Specifically, the court can take judicial notice that “an image, map, location, distance, calculation, or other information taken from a web mapping service, a global satellite imaging site, or an internet mapping tool, when requested by a party to the action. This is subject to a rebuttable presumption that such image, map, location, distance, calculation, or other information fairly and accurately depicts the evidence presented.   The presumption established by this subdivision shall be rebutted by credible and reliable evidence that the image, map, location, distance, calculation, or other information taken from a web mapping service, a global satellite imaging site, or an internet mapping tool does not fairly and accurately portray that which it is being offered to prove.   A party intending to offer such image or information at a trial or hearing shall, at least thirty days before the trial or hearing, give notice of such intent, providing a copy or specifically identifying the internet address at which such image or information may be inspected.

DUTCHESS SULLIVAN

WESTCHESTER ROCKLAND

NEW YORK BRONX

RICHMOND

SUFFOLK

QUEENSNASSAU KINGS

NEW YORK


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SWAIN

CHEROKEE

CLAY

MCDOWELL BURKE

HAYWOOD RUTHERFORD

HENDERSON POLK JACKSON TRANSYLVANIA MACON

CATAWBA

ALAMANCE DAVIDSON

ROWAN

LINCOLN

CLEVELAND

GUILFORD

DAVIE

CABARRUSSTANLY GASTON MECKLENBURG

EDGECOMBE

ANSON RICHMOND

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SCOTLAND

CHOWAN

MARTIN WASHINGTONTYRRELL

DARE

WILSON

JOHNSTON HARNETT

GREENE

WAYNE

LENOIR

CUMBERLAND

ROBESON

BEAUFORT

PITT

HYDE

SAMPSON

CRAVEN

JONES

PAMLICO

DUPLIN

ONSLOW

CARTERET

BLADEN

PENDER

COLUMBUS

NEW HANOVER

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NASH

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LIBERAL

LEE

MOORE

Gideon Richardson v. Certified Heating and Air Conditioning, et al, Court File No. 17 CVS 8708, Cumberland County Superior Court (Gale Adams, J.). A jury returned a $5 million verdict for a thirty-five-year-old “eggshell plaintiff” who went blind in his right eye and suffered brain injuries after a ladder fell off a work van on Interstate 40. The plaintiff did not ask for medical damages or economic damages; he sought noneconomic damages based on his life expectancy of 79, and his counsel relied heavily on the “Reptile Theory.”

CONSERVATIVE

FRANKLIN

DURHAM

CHATHAM

CURRITUCK CAMDEN PASQUOTANK PERQUIMANS

GATES

HERTFORD

HALIFAX

WAKE

RANDOLPH

MONTGOMERY

UNION

NORTHAMPTON

WARREN

...

GRAHAM

CALDWELL ALEXANDER IREDELL

ORANGE

VANCE GRANVILLE

...

BUNCOMBE

FORSYTH

...

MADISON

YADKIN

ROCKINGHAM CASWELL PERSON

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AVERY MITCHELL YANCEY

WILKES

STOKES

...

WATAUGA

SURRY

...

ALLEGHANY

ASHE

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Chris Justice and Lisa Justice v. Greyhound Bus Lines Inc. & J.L. Robinson, Court File No. 5:16-CV-132, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (New Bern, Craven County) (Louise Flanagan, J.). A jury in federal court awarded a former N.C. Highway patrolman $6 million after a Greyhound bus crashed into the patrolman’s car while he was investigating an accident on Christmas Eve. The patrolman’s wife was also awarded $1 million for loss of consortium.

BRUNSWICK

Wendy G. Carroll, Administrator of the Estate of Thomas Anthony Carroll, deceased, v. Oakley Trucking, Inc., Case No. 5:17-CV-00357-BR, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (Wayne County) (W. Earl Britt, J.). The family of a man who was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer as he tried to pass the truck on his motorcycle was awarded $1.55 million against the truck driver after a bench trial in federal court. The judgment included an award of $300,000 for each of the decedent’s four children.

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PIERCE

MCHENRY

WARD

RAMSEY BENSON NELSON

MCKENZIE

MCLEAN

DUNN

EDDY SHERIDAN

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MERCER

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GRIGGS

BURLEIGH STARK

TRAILL

KIDDER

STUTSMAN

LOGAN

HETTINGER

ADAMS

CASS

BARNES

MORTON

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BOWMAN

STEELE

OLIVER

GOLDEN VALLEY

SLOPE

GRAND FORKS

LA MOURE

RANSOM

EMMONS

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SIOUX

DICKEY

SARGENT

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While Trumbull County is typically more moderate-toconservative, a recent $28.7 million verdict for parents of a newborn who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy due to the negligence of a hospital demonstrates that sensitive issues can command high verdicts in any kind of jurisdiction.

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LUCAS

FULTON

WILLIAMS

OTTAWA ERIE

SANDUSKY

WOOD

HENRY

LORAIN

HURON

SENECA

PAULDING

PUTNAM

WYANDOT

ASHLAND

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ALLEN

HARDIN

AUGLAIZE

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MARION

SHELBY

UNION

DARKE

WAYNE

SUMMIT

PORTAGE

STARK

KNOX

MAHONING

COLUMBIANA

TUSCARAWAS

JEFFERSON

HARRISON

COSHOCTON

DELAWARE

TRUMBULL

CARROLL

HOLMES

MORROW

LOGAN

CHAMPAIGN LICKING

MIAMI

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PICKAWAY

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FRANKLIN

CLARK

PREBLE

MEDINA

HANCOCK

VAN WERT

GEAUGA

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A recent verdict of $34 million in a personal injury case was surprising for a venue that has been considered to be conservative.

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A recent $27.8 million negligence verdict highlights a trend of plaintiff-friendly verdicts, rendering Hamilton County more of a liberal venue than in previous years.

A $21.5 million verdict in a domestic abuse case solidifies Franklin County as a liberal venue in Ohio.

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OK

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Recent $5 million verdict in a medical negligence action alleging damage to tissue during a surgery and a failed attempt to repair without informed consent ultimately resulting in an above the knee amputation. The Jury awarded $3 million in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages

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Recent $5 million verdict against a tractor manufacturer in which the operator was killed when the tractor tipped and rolled over. The Jury awarded $3 million in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages.

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DEWEY

ROGER MILLS

BECKHAM

GREER

HARMON

JACKSON

CUSTER

NOBLE

GARFIELD

MAJOR

OTTAWA

CADDO

GRADY

COMANCHE

LINCOLN

OKLAHOMA

OKMULGEE

ADAIR

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MACINTOSH

POTTAWATOMIE

HASKELL

SEMINOLE HUGHES

MCCLAIN

COTTON

WAGONER CHEROKEE

OKFUSKEE

CLEVELAND

STEPHENS

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TULSA

CREEK

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CANADIAN

TILLMAN

ROGERS

PAWNEE

PAYNE

BLAINE KINGFISHER

WASHITA

KIOWA

CRAIG

NOWATA

KAY

OSAGE

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GRANT

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Two recent verdicts against a large retail discount chain. A slip and fall on ice in the parking ­lot resulted in an $850,000 verdict. An unrelated dram shop fatality case resulted in an $11.9 million verdict, including $5.7 million in punitive damages for selling beer to a minor for off­premises consumption.

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HARPER

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PITTSBURG

LATIMER

LE FLORE

PONTOTOC

GARVIN

COAL MURRAY CARTER

JOHNSTON

ATOKA

PUSHMATAHA MCCURTAIN

JEFFERSON LOVE

CHOCTAW

MARSHALL BRYAN

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In Multnomah County, on January 27, 2017, a $10.5 Million jury award for pain and suffering to a man whose leg was severed by a garbage truck was reduced to $500,000 under a 2016 Oregon Supreme Court decision which allowed the existing statutory cap on non-economic damages to be constitutionally applied to all cases. In two Multnomah County verdicts jurors rejected claims of alternate responsibility. On May 11, 2017, after an eight-day trial, jurors awarded a woman’s estate zero dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit against a psychiatrist blamed for not warning others about potential suicide. On Feb. 27, 2017, after a five-day trial, jurors determined that a social host was not liable when a drunk guest shot another guest at a party. In December 2016 the Oregon Supreme Court rejected the “impact rule” which had required actual physical impact before witness to an injury to another could recover in tort recovery. The Court substituted a rule allowing bystander recovery if there was (1) a sudden serious physical injury to a close family member, (2) contemporaneously observed, which (3) caused the bystander “serious” emotional distress.

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WASHINGTON

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CLACKAMAS

UNION

WASCO

MARION WHEELER

BAKER

JEFFERSON LINCOLN

WALLOWA

MORROW

SHERMAN

YAMHILL

POLK

MULTNOMAH

LINN

BENTON

GRANT

CROOK

LANE

DESCHUTES

DOUGLAS

MALHEUR

COOS

HARNEY LAKE KLAMATH JACKSON

CURRY JOSEPHINE

CONSERVATIVE

OREGON

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Effective April 1, 2019, the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure permit Unknown Defendant/John Doe pleading. The pleading requirements are set forth in Rule 2005, and the actual name of the party must be substituted within 20 days of identification. Due diligence in identifying the actual name is required.

In Spencer v. Johnson, 2021 WL 1035175 (Pa. Super. 2021), the Pennsylvania Superior Court limited the Faire Share Act (42 Pa.C.S. §7102) to lawsuits where the plaintiff’s negligence is at issue. The Fair Share Act was enacted to change joint and several liability so a defendant is only responsible to pay the part of a judgment equal to the percentage of liability assigned by the jury. If it stands (it is expected that the decision will be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court), Spencer will materially change the trial strategy pursued in personal injury litigation involving multiple parties.

In Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc., 245 A.3d 637 (Pa. 2021), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that a strict liability standard will be applied to claims asserted pursuant to the “catch-all” provision of the Unfair Trade Practices Consumer Protection Law. Accordingly, a Plaintiff is no longer required to show intent to deceive. The focus is on words and actions that have a tendency or capacity to deceive. The decision in Gregg will likely impact insurers, insurance brokers, financial advisors, and real estate brokers.

ERIE WARREN

MCKEAN

SUSQUEHANNA

BRADFORD

TIOGA

POTTER

WAYNE

CRAWFORD FOREST

CAMERON

ELK

VENANGO

WYOMING

SULLIVAN

LACKAWANNA

LYCOMING

PIKE

MERCER CLINTON

CLARION

LUZERNE

JEFFERSON UNION

CENTRE

BUTLER

MONTOUR CARBON

ARMSTRONG BEAVER

MONROE

COLUMBIA CLEARFIELD

LAWRENCE

SNYDER

NORTHUMBERLAND

MIFFLIN

INDIANA

NORTHAMPTON

SCHUYLKILL

JUNIATA

LEHIGH

CAMBRIA ALLEGHENY

BLAIR

PERRY

DAUPHIN

BERKS LEBANON BUCKS

HUNTINGDON

WESTMORELAND WASHINGTON

MONTGOMERY

CUMBERLAND LANCASTER FAYETTE

GREENE

SOMERSET

CHESTER

BEDFORD FULTON

FRANKLIN

ADAMS

YORK

PHILADELPHIA DELAWARE

CONSERVATIVE

PENNSYLVANIA

LIBERAL MODERATE

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PROVIDENCE

BRISTOL KENT

NEWPORT WASHINGTON

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CHEROKEE

GREENVILLE

YORK

SPARTANBURG

PICKENS

The South Carolina Court of Appeals addressed the sufficiency of evidence in constructive notice cases. Specifically, the Court held that a premises owner had constructive notice of a syringe in the parking lot even though there was no direct evidence of the exact length of time. Additionally, the opinion provides that testimony of how long the syringe had been in the parking lot because of its “weathered” appearance was not speculative, but instead was a reasonable inference. Overall, the case provides that a defendant will have constructive notice of a dangerous or defective condition whenever it appears that the condition has existed for such a length of time before the injury, based on reasonable inferences drawn from the evidence. To this point, the law has been that some evidence of timing must be shown in constructive notice cases. Although the Court of Appeals has not changed that principle, the sufficiency of evidence to establish it may now be a lower bar to overcome.

OCONEE LANCASTER

CHESTER

UNION

CHESTERFIELD MARLBORO

ANDERSON LAURENS FAIRFIELD

KERSHAW

DILLON

DARLINGTON

NEWBERRY ABBEVILLE

LEE GREENWOOD

FLORENCE

SALUDA

RICHLAND

LEXINGTON

MCCORMICK

MARION HORRY

SUMTER

EDGEFIELD CALHOUN

CLARENDON WILLIAMSBURG

AIKEN

GEORGETOWN

ORANGEBURG ORANGEBURG BARNWELL BAMBERG DORCHESTER

BERKELEY CHARLESTON

ALLENDALE

COLLETON HAMPTON

CHARLESTON

BEAUFORT JASPER

BEAUFORT

CONSERVATIVE

SOUTH CAROLINA

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CORSON

MARSHALL

MCPHERSON

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BROWN

PERKINS

HARDING

WALWORTH

EDMUNDS

DAY

DEWEY BUTTE

GRANT

FAULK

POTTER

SPINK CODINGTON

ZIEBACH

CLARK DEUEL HAMLIN

SULLY HYDE

MEADE STANLEY

LAWRENCE

HAND

HUGHES

BEADLE

BUFFALO PENNINGTON

JONES

BRULE

AURORA DAVISON

MELLETTE

DOUGLAS

SHANNON FALL RIVER

SANBORN

BENNETT

MOODY

LAKE

MINER

LYMAN

JACKSON

CUSTER

JERAULD

BROOKINGS

KINGSBURY

HAAKON

TRIPP

TODD

GREGORY

HANSON

HUTCHINSON

CHARLES MIX BON HOMME

MINNEHAHA

MCCOOK

TURNER

LINCOLN

YANKTON CLAY

UNION

CONSERVATIVE

SOUTH DAKOTA

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The Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the statutory cap on non-economic damages, holding that the cap did not violate the Tennessee Constitution on several grounds. The Supreme Court of Tennessee also clarified the applicability of two statutory laws as issues of first impression. First, the Court held that the statutory rebuttable presumption of acceptance of coverage by payment of premium in an insurance contract applies to actions against insurance agents for claims of negligent failure to procure a policy. Second, the Court held that a health care provider is subject to the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act when it acts in its business capacity rather than its professional capacity.

LAKE

STEWART

OBION WEAKLEY

HENRY

BENTON

DYER

GIBSON

MONTGOMERY

ROBERTSON

CHEATHAM

HOUSTON

SHELBY

HENDERSON

CHESTER

FAYETTE

PUTNAM

WILSON

HARDEMAN MCNAIRY

MORGAN

WARREN LEWIS

DECATUR

MAURY

ANDERSON

BEDFORD

COFFEE

MARSHALL HARDIN

LOUDON

WAYNE

LAWRENCE

BLEDSOE RHEA MEIGS

GRUNDY

MCMINN

SULLIVAN JOHNSON

HAWKINS

JEFFERSON

ROANE

VAN BUREN PERRY

HANCOCK

KNOX

WHITE

RUTHERFORD CANNON

CLAIBORNE

UNION GRAINGER HAMBLEN

DE KALB WILLIAMSON

TIPTON

CAMPBELL

CUMBERLAND

HICKMAN

MADISON

JACKSON

SCOTT

OVERTON FENTRESS

SMITH DAVIDSON

DICKSON

CARROLL

LAUDERDALE

PICKETT

CLAY

MACON TROUSDALE

HUMPHREYS

CROCKETT

HAYWOOD

SUMNER

WASHINGTON GREENE

CARTER

UNICOI

COCKE SEVIER

BLOUNT

MONROE

SEQUATCHIE

MOORE

GILES LINCOLN

FRANKLIN

MARION

HAMILTON

BRADLEY

POLK

CONSERVATIVE

TENNESSEE

LIBERAL MODERATE

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Recent $37.9 million and $35.4 million verdicts in truck accident death cases in Dallas County are final confirmation that the county should now be considered a liberal venue designation with, for the most part, plaintiff-friendly judges.

SHERMAN HANSFORD OCHILTREE LIPSCOMB

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DALLAM

• A $260 million verdict in a wrongful death case was awarded to the parents of a 21-year-old who was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck an 18-wheeler that was parked in the main lane of traffic on Highway 271 near Gilmer, Texas. The jury found the defendants negligent, apportioning 65% liability on the truck driver; 20% liability on the trucking company; and 10% liability on company owner. The jury also allotted 5% responsibility to the 21-year-old driver.

HEMPHILL

MOORE HUTCHINSON ROBERTS

HARTLEY

CARSON

POTTER

OLDHAM

GRAY

WHEELER

RANDALL ARMSTRONG DONLEY COLLINGSWORTH

DEAF SMITH

PARMER

CASTRO

SWISHER

BAILEY

LAMB

HALE

HALL

BRISCOE

• A second case in 2018 - a jury in Upshur County, Texas, awarded $101 million in a suit accusing oil services company FTS International Services LLC of being responsible for a motorist’s severe injuries when an FTS truck driver, under the influence of drugs, rear-ended plaintiff’s car.

CHILDRESS

HARDEMAN

FLOYD

MOTLEY

COTTLE

DICKENS

KING

FOARD

WILBARGER WICHITA

CLAY

COCHRAN HOCKLEY LUBBOCK

CROSBY

KNOX

BAYLOR

MONTAGUE

ARCHER

COOKE

GRAYSON

LAMAR

FANNIN

RED RIVER

BOWIE

DELTA

LYNN

GAINES DAWSON

GARZA

BORDEN

KENT

SCURRY

STONEWALL

HASKELL

COLLIN

JACK

THROCKMORTON YOUNG

WISE

HUNT

DENTON

ROCKWALL

PALO PINTO PARKER TARRANT SHACKLEFORD JONES STEPHENS

FISHER

DALLAS

LOVING

EL PASO

WINKLER

ECTOR

MARTIN

HOWARD

MITCHELL

NOLAN

COKE

MIDLAND GLASSCOCK STERLING

TAYLOR CALLAHAN EASTLAND

RUNNELS

ERATH SOMERVELL

JOHNSON

WARD

CULBERSON

CRANE

BOSQUE

REAGAN

TOM GREEN CONCHO

IRION

REEVES

ELLIS

MCLENNAN LIMESTONE

LAMPASAS

PECOS

MENARD

CROCKETT

JEFF DAVIS

MASON SUTTON

LLANO

KIMBLE GILLESPIE

BREWSTER

VAL VERDE

KERR REAL

COMAL

BANDERA

TRINITY

MILAM

BRAZOS

KINNEY

MEDINA

ZAVALA MAVERICK

FRIO

WASHINGTON WALLERMONTGOMERY AUSTIN

LA SALLE MCMULLEN LIVE OAK

WEBB

DUVAL

JIM WELLS

BRAZORIA JACKSON

BEE

ORANGE

JEFFERSON CHAMBERS

GALVESTON

WHARTON DE WITT

KARNES

LIBERTY

FORT BEND

LAVACA

BEXAR

GOLIAD DIMMIT

HARRIS

FAYETTE

CALDWELL

TYLER

SAN JACINTO HARDIN

LEE BASTROP

GUADALUPE GONZALES

ATASCOSA

NEWTON POLK

WALKER

BURLESON

WILSON

SAN AUGUSTINE SABINE ANGELINA JASPER

GRIMES

COLORADO UVALDE

HOUSTON

MADISON

WILLIAMSON

HAYS

KENDALL

EDWARDS

LEON

ROBERTSON

TRAVIS

BLANCO

TERRELL PRESIDIO

BURNET

SHELBY NACOGDOCHES

FALLS BELL

SCHLEICHER

PANOLA RUSK

ANDERSON CHEROKEE FREESTONE

CORYELL MCCULLOCHSAN SABA

HARRISON GREGG

HENDERSON

HILL

CASS

MARION

UPSHUR

VAN ZANDT SMITH

COLEMAN MILLS

UPTON

WOOD

NAVARRO

COMANCHE BROWN HAMILTON

HUDSPETH

HOPKINS FRANKLIN MORRIS CAMP

RAINS

KAUFMAN

HOOD ANDREWS

TITUS

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TERRY

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MATAGORDA

VICTORIA CALHOUN

REFUGIO

SAN PATRICIO

ARANSAS

NUECES

KLEBERG

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CONSERVATIVE

The Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast areas of Texas continue to live up to their reputation as the best place to be for plaintiffs bringing personal injury lawsuits in Texas. Juries in these areas, for whatever reason, tend to empathize more with injured parties and award plaintiffs large judgments.

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STARR

WILLACY

HIDALGO

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CACHE RICH

BOX ELDER

WEBER MORGAN DAVIS

DAGGETT SUMMIT

SALT LAKE TOOELE

WASATCH

DUCHESNE UINTAH

UTAH

JUAB

CARBON SANPETE

MILLARD EMERY

GRAND

SEVIER

BEAVER

PIUTE

IRON

WAYNE

GARFIELD

SAN JUAN

WASHINGTON

KANE

CONSERVATIVE

UTAH

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ORLEANS ESSEX

LAMOILLE

CHITTENDEN

CALEDONIA

WASHINGTON

ORANGE

ADDISON

RUTLAND

BENNINGTON

WINDSOR

WINDHAM

CONSERVATIVE

VERMONT

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A jury awarded a $2,550,000 verdict for a patient who claimed a spinal surgeon inserted instruments too deeply during surgery causing lacerated blood vessels. This case is notable in that it perhaps indicates that the conservative Stafford County is becoming more liberal.

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ALBEMARLE

ROCKBRIDGE

BUCKINGHAM

CRAIG

AMHERST

GILES

BUCHANAN DICKENSON WISE

TAZEWELL

SCOTT

RUSSELL

WASHINGTON

MONTGOMERY PULASKI

CAMPBELL

FLOYD

WYTHE CARROLL

PATRICK

AMELIA

PRINCE EDWARD

NOTTOWAY

HALIFAX

NEW KENT CHARLES CITY

PRINCE GEORGE

LANCASTER

ACCOMACK

GLOUCESTER

SUSSEX

MATHEWS

JAMES CITY

SURRY

NORTHAMPTON

YORK NEWPORT NEWS HAMPTON

ISLE OF WIGHT VIRGINIA BEACH

SOUTHAMPTON

GREENSVILLE

NORTHUMBERLAND

MIDDLESEX

DINWIDDIE

BRUNSWICK

MECKLENBURG

HENRY

RICHMOND ESSEX

KING WILLIAM KING AND QUEEN

HENRICO

CHESTERFIELD

LUNENBURG

PITTSYLVANIA

GRAYSON

HANOVER

GOOCHLAND

CHARLOTTE

FRANKLIN SMYTH

LEE

BLAND

ROANOKE

LOUISA

POWHATAN CUMBERLAND

APPOMATTOX

BEDFORD

CAROLINE

FLUVANNA

NELSON

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ARLINGTON

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ALLEGHANY

A jury handed down a Defense verdict in a medical malpractice failure to diagnose and treat case. Notable in that Richmond is usually a plaintifffriendly forum.

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In Fairfax County, an unusually plaintiff-friendly jury awarded a $12M verdict to the family of a woman who died from a rare presentation of deepvein thrombosis after undergoing a surgical procedure.

SUFFOLK CHESAPEAKE

CONSERVATIVE

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LIBERAL MODERATE

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In a case filed in King County, the Supreme Court of Washington held for the first time that punitive damages are available for general maritime unseaworthiness claims. This case is a landmark victory for fishermen, fish processors, deckhands, and seaman.

WHATCOM

SAN JUAN

OKANOGAN

PEND OREILLE

FERRY

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STEVENS

ISLAND

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SNOHOMISH

CLALLAM

JEFFERSON KITSAP

CHELAN

DOUGLAS LINCOLN

KING

SPOKANE

MASON GRAYS HARBOR

KITTITAS GRANT

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LEWIS

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PACIFIC

ADAMS

PIERCE

THURSTON

FRANKLIN

YAKIMA

WAHKIAKUM COWLITZ

BENTON

WALLA WALLA

WHITMAN

GARFIELD COLUMBIA

ASOTIN

SKAMANIA

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CLARK

CONSERVATIVE LIBERAL

In April 2017, a Washington jury awarded $81.5 million in a wrongful death mesothelioma case. Trial was held in Pierce County and included allegations of exposure to friction products and asbestos cement pipe. The $81.5 million verdict is among the largest verdicts ever awarded in Washington and highlights the power of sensitive emotional facts in Pierce County.

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State of West Virginia ex rel. v. The Honorable Thomas A Bedell No. 19-1006 A class action certification may now only be certified by a circuit court, if through thorough analysis, the predominance and superiority prerequisites of Rule 23(b)(3) are satisfied. This includes a thorough analysis of 1) identifying the parties’ claims and defenses and their respective elements; 2) determining whether the issues are common questions of individual questions by analyzing how each party will prove them at trial; and, 3) determining whether the common questions predominate. The circuit court needs to review “predominance” with the overarching purpose of efficiency in time, expense, and effort in addition to promoting uniformity of decisions to similarly situated individuals. Cory Ryan Fields v. Ross H. Mellinger, No. 20-0183 There is no private right of action for monetary damages for violations of Article III, Section 6 of the West Virginia Constitution—unlawful search and seizures.

HANCOCK

Christopher McKenzie v. Donald L. Sevier, No. 19-0010 A jury’s award of $0 after finding liability for intentional tort against an individual was an error, and the individual must be entitled to at least some compensation.

BROOKE

AC&S Inc. v. Jeffrey R. George, No. 19-0459 A collective bargaining agreement between employer and employee may require an employee to resolve his or her statutory or common law employment discrimination claims through grievance and arbitration, but must be done so through clear and unmistakable terms .

OHIO

MARSHALL

MONONGALIA

WETZEL

PLEASANTS

RITCHIE

PRESTON

WIRT

TUCKER

ROANE

JEFFERSON

GRANT HARDY

LEWIS CALHOUN

MASON

HAMPSHIRE

DODDRIDGE BARBOUR

JACKSON

BERKELEY MINERAL

TAYLOR

HARRISON WOOD

MORGAN

MARION

TYLER

GILMER UPSHUR

RANDOLPH

BRAXTON

PUTNAM

PENDLETON WEBSTER

CABELL

CLAY KANAWHA NICHOLAS

WAYNE

POCAHONTAS

LINCOLN BOONE

FAYETTE GREENBRIER

LOGAN RALEIGH

MINGO WYOMING

MCDOWELL

SUMMERS

MONROE

MERCER

CONSERVATIVE

WEST VIRGINIA

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BAYFIELD

DOUGLAS

ASHLAND

IRON VILAS

BURNETT

WASHBURN

SAWYER

FLORENCE ONEIDA

PRICE

FOREST POLK

BARRON

RUSK

MARINETTE LINCOLN

LANGLADE

TAYLOR ST. CROIX

DUNN

CHIPPEWA

MENOMINEE

OCONTO

DOOR

MARATHON PIERCE PEPIN

SHAWANO

CLARK

EAU CLAIRE

KEWAUNEE BUFFALO

PORTAGE

WOOD TREMPEALEAU

WAUPACA

OUTAGAMIE

BROWN

JACKSON MANITOWOC

WAUSHARA LA CROSSE

MONROE

JUNEAU

WINNEBAGO CALUMET

ADAMS MARQUETTE GREEN LAKE

FOND DU LAC

SHEBOYGAN

VERNON RICHLAND

SAUK

COLUMBIA

OZAUKEE

DODGE

WASHINGTON

CRAWFORD

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DANE

JEFFERSON WAUKESHA

ROCK

Typically a conservative venue; however, in January 2008 a jury returned a $35,314,585 verdict against Waukesha Memorial Hospital in a medical malpractice action involving allegations that a nurse at Waukesha Memorial introduced air into an IV line during a blood transfusion to a 2-week old, premature infant and that the air then travelled to the infant’s brain causing permanent brain damage. This verdict is particularly notable because although Waukesha County is typically conservative, this is the largest medical malpractice verdict obtained in the state of Wisconsin to date. The parties ultimately settled after trial but Waukesha Memorial was still on the hook for $27 million.

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In March 2019, the Wyoming Legislature created a Chancery Court in Wyoming. See Wyo. Stat. § 5-13-101 et seq. Its purpose is to provide a forum for streamlined resolution of commercial, business, trust and similar issues. Its jurisdiction will be over actions seeking declaratory or injunctive relief and actions seeking money recovery over $50,000.00 that arise from claims including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, derivative actions, the Uniform Commercial Code, and the Uniform Trust Code. While the Chancery Court is still in the process of being established, it will significantly change Wyoming’s legal landscape going forward.

SHERIDAN CROOK

BIG HORN

PARK

CAMPBELL JOHNSON WASHAKIE

TETON

WESTON

HOT SPRINGS

FREMONT

NATRONA

CONVERSE

NIOBRARA

SUBLETTE

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PLATTE

LINCOLN

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SWEETWATER

GOSHEN

CARBON

ALBANY

LARAMIE

UINTA

A Wyoming district court case resulted in a verdict for $2.2 million in a wrongful death case. The case involved traffic control put in place through a construction zone. The decedent was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by another vehicle. It was alleged that the other driver was confused by the traffic control and turned in front of the decedent. The jury apportioned fault between the construction company, traffic control company, and the encroaching driver with the majority of fault being apportioned to the construction company and traffic control company. The verdict amount was more than the amount plaintiffs’ counsel asked for in his closing, and it seems to represent an emerging trend in Wyoming for larger jury verdicts in traditionally moderate and conservative counties.

CONSERVATIVE

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membership roster ALABAMA | BIRMINGHAM Carr Allison Charles F. Carr............................ (251) 626-9340 ccarr@carrallison.com ARIZONA | PHOENIX Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. Phillip H. Stanfield..................... (602) 263-1745 pstanfield@jshfirm.com ARKANSAS | LITTLE ROCK Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC John E. Tull, III............................ (501) 379-1705 jtull@qgtlaw.com CALIFORNIA | LOS ANGELES Murchison & Cumming LLP Dan L. Longo............................... (714) 953-2244 dlongo@murchisonlaw.com CALIFORNIA | SAN DIEGO Klinedinst PC John D. Klinedinst...................... (619) 239-8131 jklinedinst@klinedinstlaw.com CALIFORNIA | SAN FRANCISCO Hanson Bridgett LLP Mert A. Howard.......................... (415) 995-5033 mhoward@hansonbridgett.com CALIFORNIA | SANTA BARBARA Snyder Burnett Egerer, LLP Barry Clifford Snyder.................. (805) 683-7750 bsnyder@sbelaw.com

LOUISIANA | NEW ORLEANS McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC Michael R. Sistrunk.................... (504) 846-8338 msistrunk@mcsalaw.com MAINE | PORTLAND Richardson, Whitman, Large & Badger Elizabeth G. Stouder................... (207) 774-7474 estouder@rwlb.com MARYLAND | BALTIMORE Franklin & Prokopik, PC Albert B. Randall, Jr.................... (410) 230-3622 arandall@fandpnet.com MASSACHUSETTS | BOSTON Rubin and Rudman LLP John J. McGivney........................ (617) 330-7000 jmcgivney@rubinrudman.com MINNESOTA | ST. PAUL Larson • King, LLP Mark A. Solheim......................... (651) 312-6503 msolheim@larsonking.com MISSISSIPPI | GULFPORT Carr Allison Douglas Bagwell......................... (228) 864-1060 dbagwell@carrallison.com MISSISSIPPI | RIDGELAND Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. James R. Moore, Jr...................... (601) 427-1301 jmoore@cctb.com MISSOURI | ST. LOUIS Lashly & Baer, P.C. Stephen L. Beimdiek.................. (314) 436-8303 sbeim@lashlybaer.com MONTANA | GREAT FALLS Davis, Hatley, Haffeman & Tighe, P.C. Maxon R. Davis........................... (406) 761-5243 max.davis@dhhtlaw.com NEBRASKA | OMAHA Baird Holm LLP Jennifer D. Tricker...................... (402) 636-8348 jtricker@bairdholm.com

COLORADO | DENVER Lewis Roca Jessica L. Fuller........................... (303) 628-9527 jfuller@lewisroca.com

NEVADA | LAS VEGAS Thorndal Armstrong Delk Balkenbush & Eisinger Brian K. Terry.............................. (702) 366-0622 bkt@thorndal.com

CONNECTICUT | HARTFORD Hinckley Allen Noble F. Allen............................. (860) 725-6237 nallen@hinckleyallen.com

NEW JERSEY | ROSELAND Connell Foley LLP Kevin R. Gardner........................ (973) 840-2415 kgardner@connellfoley.com

DELAWARE | WILMINGTON Cooch and Taylor P.A. C. Scott Reese.............................. (302) 984-3811 sreese@coochtaylor.com

NEW MEXICO | ALBUQUERQUE Modrall Sperling Jennifer G. Anderson.................. (505) 848-1809 Jennifer.Anderson@modrall.com

FLORIDA | CENTRAL FLORIDA Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. Richards H. Ford......................... (407) 843-3939 rford@wickersmith.com

NEW YORK | BUFFALO Barclay Damon LLP Peter S. Marlette............................(716) 858-3763 pmarlette@barclaydamon.com

FLORIDA | SOUTH FLORIDA Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. Nicholas E. Christin.................... (305) 448-3939 nchristin@wickersmith.com

NEW YORK | HAWTHORNE Traub Lieberman Stephen D. Straus........................ (914) 586-7005 sstraus@tlsslaw.com

FLORIDA | TALLAHASSEE Carr Allison Christopher Barkas..................... (850) 222-2107 cbarkas@carrallison.com

NEW YORK | UNIONDALE Rivkin Radler LLP David S. Wilck............................. (516) 357-3347 David.Wilck@rivkin.com

HAWAII | HONOLULU Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP Edmund K. Saffery...................... (808) 547-5736 esaffery@goodsill.com

NORTH CAROLINA | RALEIGH Poyner Spruill LLP Deborah E. Sperati..................... (252) 972-7095 dsperati@poynerspruill.com

IDAHO | BOISE Duke Evett, PLLC Keely E. Duke.............................. (208) 342-3310 ked@dukeevett.com

NORTH DAKOTA | DICKINSON Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers PLLC Randall N. Sickler....................... (701) 225-5297 rsickler@ndlaw.com

ILLINOIS | CHICAGO SmithAmundsen LLC Lew R.C. Bricker.......................... (312) 894-3224 lbricker@salawus.com

OHIO | CLEVELAND Roetzel & Andress Bradley A. Wright........................ (330) 849-6629 bwright@ralaw.com

IOWA | CEDAR RAPIDS Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC Kevin J. Visser.............................. (319) 366-7641 kvisser@spmblaw.com

OKLAHOMA | OKLAHOMA CITY Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P. Gerald P. Green........................... (405) 552-5271 jgreen@piercecouch.com

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OREGON | PORTLAND Williams Kastner Thomas A. Ped............................ (503) 944-6988 tped@williamskastner.com

KANSAS CITY Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, PC Patrick K. McMonigle................. (816) 714-3039 pmcmonigle@dysarttaylor.com KENTUCKY | LOUISVILLE Middleton Reutlinger Elisabeth S. Gray......................... (502) 625-2848 EGray@MiddletonLaw.com

PENNSYLVANIA | PHILADELPHIA Sweeney & Sheehan, P.C. J. Michael Kunsch....................... (215) 963-2481 michael.kunsch@sweeneyfirm.com PENNSYLVANIA | PITTSBURGH Pion, Nerone, Girman, Winslow & Smith, P.C. John T. Pion................................ (412) 281-2288 jpion@pionlaw.com

RHODE ISLAND | PROVIDENCE Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Richard R. Beretta, Jr.................. (401) 427-6228 rberetta@apslaw.com SOUTH CAROLINA | COLUMBIA Sweeny, Wingate & Barrow, P.A. Mark S. Barrow........................... (803) 256-2233 msb@swblaw.com SOUTH DAKOTA | PIERRE Riter Rogers, LLP Robert C. Riter............................ (605) 224-5825 r.riter@riterlaw.com TENNESSEE | MEMPHIS Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, P.C. Lee L. Piovarcy............................ (901) 522-9000 lpiovarcy@martintate.com TEXAS | DALLAS Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, L.L.P. Michael P. Sharp......................... (972) 980-3255 msharp@feesmith.com TEXAS | HOUSTON MehaffyWeber Barbara J. Barron........................ (713) 655-1200 BarbaraBarron@mehaffyweber.com UTAH | SALT LAKE CITY Strong & Hanni, PC Stephen J. Trayner...................... (801) 323-2011 strayner@strongandhanni.com WASHINGTON | SEATTLE Williams Kastner Rodney L. Umberger.................. (206) 628-2421 rumberger@williamskastner.com WEST VIRGINIA | CHARLESTON Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC Michael Bonasso........................ (304) 347-4259 mbonasso@flahertylegal.com WISCONSIN | MILWAUKEE Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC Jack Laffey................................... (414) 312-7105 jlaffey@llgmke.com WYOMING | CASPER Williams, Porter, Day and Neville PC Scott E. Ortiz............................... (307) 265-0700 sortiz@wpdn.net

USLAW INTERNATIONAL ARGENTINA | BUENOS AIRES Barreiro, Olivas, De Luca, Jaca & Nicastro Nicolás Jaca Otaño................ (54 11) 4814-1746 njaca@bodlegal.com BRAZIL | SÃO PAULO Mundie e Advogados Rodolpho Protasio................. (55 11) 3040-2923 rofp@mundie.com CANADA | ALBERTA

CALGARY & EDMONTON Parlee McLaws LLP Connor Glynn............................. (780) 423-8639 cglynn@parlee.com CANADA | ONTARIO | OTTAWA Kelly Santini Lisa Langevin................. (613) 238-6321 ext 276 llangevin@kellysantini.com CANADA | QUEBEC | BROSSARD Therrien Couture JoliCoeur Douglas W. Clarke...................... (450) 462-8555 douglas.clarke@groupetcj.ca CHINA | SHANGHAI Duan&Duan George Wang.............................. 8621 6219 1103 george@duanduan.com MEXICO | MEXICO CITY EC Rubio René Mauricio Alva................ +52 55 5251 5023 ralva@ecrubio.com

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AUSTRIA PHH Rechtsanwälte Rainer Kaspar............................. +43 1 714 24 40 kaspar@phh.at

SPAIN Adarve Abogados SLP Juan José García.........................+34 91 591 30 60 Juanjose.garcia@adarve.com

BELGIUM CEW & Partners Charles Price............................(+32 2) 534 20 20 Charles.price@cew-law.be

SWEDEN Wesslau Söderqvist Advokatbyrå Phone......................................... +46 8 407 88 00

CYPRUS Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm Melina Pyrgou............................. +357 22466611 m.pyrgou@pyrgouvakis.com

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