The poor perception of Florida’s legal climate is critical because 89 percent of survey participants—an all-time high—said a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact their company’s decisions about where to locate or do business.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at a news conference in Tallahassee by Gov. Ron DeSantis, state legislators, and Mark Wilson, President and CEO. Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The survey comes at the same time that the Florida legislature has made tremendous strides toward improving the state's crippling lawsuit climate. Last April, Republicans in the House passed legal reform bills aimed at curbing rampant insurance fraud.
Despite the dismal ranking, leaders in the Sunshine State remain optimistic, believing that current leadership in the legislature will deliver on their promises to improve the state’s litigation system in the future.
“Florida has one of the nation’s top business climates, but the number one thing we must fix that’s holding us back is Florida’s broken, expensive and unfair legal system,” said Wilson.
“Despite the low ranking, it’s a new day for Florida’s legal climate,” said Harold Kim , chief operating officer of the Institute for Legal Reform. “Florida’s low ranking reflects its past, not its future, and doesn’t account for recent meaningful reforms spearheaded by Gov . DeSantis and the state legislature.
The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States is the 12th time The Harris Poll has conducted the survey since 2002 for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The final results are based on interviews with a national sample of 1,307 in-house general counsel, senior litigators or attorneys, and other senior executives who are knowledgeable about litigation matters at public and private companies with annual revenue of at least $100 million.