Advocacy | July 7th, 2016
Providing a fair and predictable litigation environment is vital to attracting and growing business. South Carolina’s business leaders believe that it’s time to generate more jobs for our state instead of more lawsuits. The South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition has been working since 2003 to improve the legal climate in our state and reduce the number and types of frivolous lawsuits brought against our small, medium and large businesses who provide jobs and the many goods and services for our citizens.
As stated in Thomas Freidman’s bestselling book, The World is Flat, the global playing field has become level, and in order for businesses to succeed they must change the way they operate. Site selection now has a global scope, and businesses are looking to set up shop in locations with low costs and positive, overall business climates. Civil justice issues such as low workers’ compensation premiums and predictable, fair litigation environments largely factor into creating a positive business climate. And countries/states with unpredictable and unstable civil justice systems are left out of the competition.
South Carolina is such a state, and its current legal climate and workers’ compensation system is stifling its economic growth.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s September 2015 assessment of state liability systems ranked South Carolina 36th among all 50 states in the fairness of its litigation environment. Among the 35 states with fairer litigation climates are many of SC’s neighboring states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee
Our Coalition will be championing legislation during the next legislative session, set to start January 10, 2017. Our legislature needs to act and send a message that S.C. is serious about protecting businesses by supporting legislation that improves the legal climate in South Carolina. Please join our cause!