In a local op-ed, the president of the West Virginia Senate said the Mountain State’s work on legal reform “has just begun.”
Before laying out next steps, Mitch Carmichael pointed to reforms the state has recently enacted like damages reform, evidence standards reform, and limits to the state’s use of contingency fee lawyers. He said the state’s five-spot climb on the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey from 50 to 45 “might not look like much, but it’s a significant achievement after years at the bottom.”
There are still areas for improvement, Carmichael said. He specifically mentioned creating a new intermediate appellate court, regulating “misleading lawyer advertising,” enacting class action reforms, and stopping forum shopping as potential reforms.