Opinion

New Legislature pulls state out of ‘hellhole’

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s been a bone of contention — a heavy burden — a business barrier — for West Virginia for years.

But now, thanks to bipartisan legal reforms passed earlier this year, the state of West Virginia has finally been removed from the American Tort Reform Association’s annual listing of the nation’s worst “Judicial Hellholes.”

That’s great news. The bad news is the state is still on the Association’s “Watch” list.

“…(T)he biggest headline from this year’s report may be: West Virginia Is No Longer a Judicial Hellhole!” the report states.

“Most jurisdictions, much less an entire state, would not celebrate a ‘Watch List’ citation, either. But such a designation for the Mountain State, a perennial Judicial Hellhole for many years, represents a significant, even joyous achievement owed to historic legal reforms enacted by state lawmakers in 2015.”

The removal from the list shows that West Virginia’s reforms are working, and are being noticed nationally…

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