California is the top Judicial Hellhole after a recent ruling that holds manufacturers of lead paint and pigment liable renovation costs of hundreds of thousands of homes, according to the American Tort Reform Foundation.
The annual list is compiled to point out "the gross differences in how businesses fare in courts around the country under a judge-driven system of tort law that sometimes defies logic and common sense."
California returns to the top of the list this year after reigning supreme in 2012 and 2013. The Golden State unseated New York's asbestos docket from the coveted #1 slot this year.
Forbes' Daniel Fisher--who covers finance and law--discusses California's place in the list:
One example is the lead-paint case, which I wrote about earlier this year, in which Judge James P. Kleinberg of Santa Clara County ignored the fact that lead-paint companies withdrew their products from the market decades ago and clear evidence that blood lead levels are steadily declining in Northern California He nevertheless ordered Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra to pay $1.2 billion to remove lead paint from the interiors of homes, based on the theory they, unlike other companies, had advertised their products in that region in the 1920s through the early 1950s.