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WVCALA Applauds Governor Tomblin For Highlighting Legal Reforms in Annual State Address

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) applauds Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for mentioning in his annual State of the State address the much-needed legal reforms that were passed and enacted last year.

“Thanks to the strong bipartisan leadership of Governor Tomblin, Senate President Cole, House Speaker Armstead and the coalition of legislators who acted boldly to address a number of legal reforms, we took a major step last year in aligning our legal system the with rest of the nation,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

In December, the American Tort Reform Foundation announced the Mountain State is no longer a judicial hellhole, a label West Virginia has carried for over a decade. The “Judicial Hellholes” report highlights recently enacted legal reforms as major steps in improving West Virginia’s legal system and its national reputation. 

“The bipartisan legal reforms passed last year will help make our state more attractive to the job creators Governor Tomblin spoke about tonight. They will help existing small businesses that are growing and may hire more employees,” continued Stauffer.  “These reforms have resulted in savings and will provide more opportunities for West Virginians and a boost to our economy.”

While reforms enacted last year have been essential to addressing specific problems, WV CALA’s members will continue to encourage Governor Tomblin and state legislators to establish an intermediate court of appeals and enact into law the good-government, outside counsel policy implemented by Attorney General Morrisey during the legislative session.

“We anticipate Governor Tomblin and a bi-partisan coalition of legislators will consider additional legal reforms to address areas where West Virginia’s legal system is an outlier. Our state leaders and all West Virginians should take pride in the improved legal climate, but there are additional reforms, like the creation of an intermediate court, that are needed,” concluded Stauffer.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.