Coalition For Common Sense


The Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense (LCCS) is a group of professional associations, companies and individuals committed to ensuring a fair legal climate for both truly impaired individuals and small and large businesses operating in the state.

Formed in 2008, the group has been successful in passing legislation to clarify the rules on expert witness testimony, which saves the courts both time and money. The need for additional civil justice reform continues. 

Why do we need civil justice reform?
The U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform issued the report Costs and Compensations of the U.S. Tort System in October 2018. The report concluded that, in 2016, costs and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system amounted to $429 billion, or 2.3 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. 

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch released the 2018 Economic Benefits of Tort Reform,
 an assessment measuring the impact of excessive civil court costs on Louisiana’s economy. The study, conducted by The Perryman Group for Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), found that Louisiana is losing jobs and revenue because of the state’s civil justice system. 

The American Tort Reform Association recently named Louisiana as #8 on the list of "judicial hellholes:"

"#8 LOUISIANA The Pelican State’s legal climate has suffered for decades at the hands of powerful trial attorneys and the politicians they control. Plaintiff-friendly courts, excessive jury verdicts, problematic venue laws, wide­spread judicial misconduct, a lack of transparency in asbestos litigation and trust claims, disability-access lawsuits targeting small businesses, broad misuse of consumer protection laws, and the highest jury-trial threshold in the nation are all problems that contribute to the state’s longstanding reputation as one of the worst places in the country to be sued.'"

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey
 ranked Louisiana’s legal environment 50th — the worst in the nation. 

The Tort Reform Record is published each June and December and includes a state-by-state summary of the American Tort Reform Association-supported reforms enacted by states since 1986. See the June 2018 report here

“Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that our legal climate ranked as the worst in the nation this year,” said LLAW Executive Director Melissa Landry. “Litigation is a growing industry in Louisiana. From problematic venue laws, to widespread judicial misconduct, a lack of transparency in asbestos litigation and trust claims, broad misuse of consumer protection laws, and the highest jury trial threshold in the nation—there are many troubling aspects of our legal system that contribute to the perception that it is difficult, if not impossible, for some to get a fair shake in our courts.”

“When it comes to abusive litigation and plaintiff-friendly judges, Louisiana has had a terrible reputation for decades, and it has only gotten worse in recent years,”
said LCCS Director Jim Harris.  “We cannot continue to ignore this problem and hope it goes away. Until the governor and state lawmakers tackle these issues head on and enact meaningful legal reform, we will continue to be pegged as a judicial hellhole and new business, job growth and economic opportunities will continue to pass us by.”

LCCS continues to work to ensure a fair legal climate for Louisiana.


Louisiana Legislative Session

The third special session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned sine die on June 24, 2018. 


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