ON-Lion Letter
With a court system now making reasonably predictable rulings and a legislature that was able to pass broad tort reforms in 2002, 2003, and 2004, Ohio’s litigation climate has become less hostile to economic development than it had been for years," according to an August study from the Center for Legal Policy (CLP) at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City.

"After Ohio’s medical-malpractice-liability reform went into effect in April 2003, previously skyrocketing insurance rates began to stabilize," for example, as detailed in Trial Lawyers, Inc. -- Ohio.  "Medical-malpractice insurance rates in Ohio rose only 6.7 percent in 2005; in 2006, average medical-malpractice rates actually fell by 1.7 percent ...."

In nonmedical cases, the report notes, "new reforms have also started to produce significant results.  Ohio had long been one of the nation’s centers of asbestos litigation, but the number of asbestos-related cases in the state has been falling faster than it has been nationally."

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports the Manhattan Institute's CLP, which concludes that "[t]he Buckeye State faces a daunting task in restructuring its industrial economy.  Fortunately, it has already embarked on that task by making improvements in its legal climate."
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