Georgia has taken the top spot in the American Tort Reform Association’s (ATRA) annual list of Judicial Hellholes, replacing California, due in large part to a high number of nuclear verdicts in state and superior courts that heavily favor plaintiff’s lawyers.

“The Mass Tort Machine,” the association described, has been embraced by Georgia in recent years as plaintiffs’ lawyers unfairly target manufacturers, “often pushing inaccurate and baseless claims in friendly outlets.”