LNL – Delaware ranked best legal climate; West Virginia the worst

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Delaware continues to have the best legal climate in the United States, while West Virginia still holds the distinction of having the most anti-business courts in the nation, a survey released today indicates.

The Harris Interactive survey found that other states with the most favorable legal environments were North Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, and Iowa. At the bottom of the list, along with West Virginia, were California, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Delaware has been ranked No. 1 in the annual survey for the past seven years, while West Virginia has placed dead last for four years. The Harris survey, taken from October to January, was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which owns Legal Newsline.

Of the 1,482 corporate lawyers and executives surveyed this year, more than two-thirds of respondents said a state’s legal environment is a key factor in making strategic business decisions at their company, such as where to expand or locate.

Legal News Line
3/22/10