Should We Keep this Court? An Economic Examination of Recent Decisions Made by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

October 6, 2008

Kristen M. Leddy, Russell S. Sobel, Matthew T. Yanni

There has been much discussion lately about whether West Virginia’s economy could be bolstered by adopting various initiatives aimed at improving its business climate. While people tend to associate a state’s business climate with factors such as corporate taxes and regulations, the legal and judicial system is also an important element in determining the relative attractiveness of a state to business location and growth. State court rulings have significant effects not only on the cost of doing business in a state, but also on the predictability and risk associated with operating a business. The state’s business climate directly affects the decisions of companies whether to create new jobs here or somewhere else. In this study we examine some of the most important cases that have confronted the current West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, whose membership has been in place since 2005.

Should We Keep this Court? An Economic Examination of Recent Decisions Made by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals