The 2008 State Liability Systems Ranking Study conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform has been released. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the fairness and reasonableness of the U.S. tort liability system. The states ranking the best were Delaware, Nebraska and Maine. Some of the worst-ranked states include West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois. Additionally, Los Angeles-California and Cook County, Chicago-Illinois were identified as the worst jurisdictions. The overall rating of the system measured primarily fair/poor but the margin was not vast as 41% of those polled ranked the state court liability system in America as only fair or poor and 55% ranked it as excellent or pretty good. The overall rating for 2008 is very similar to the findings in the 2007 study. Both 2007 and 2008 are markedly better than the overall rating in 2006. For more about earlier studies and worst courtroom data, see our previous posts.