Atlantic County is no longer considered a "judicial hellhole," according to the American Tort Reform Foundation. Judicial hellholes have been considered places where judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner.

The county has been "upgraded" to the watch list, which still denotes suspicious or negative developments in litigation.

Experts claim, though, there is still a lot wrong with the Garden State's legal system. A study found that 40 percent of south Jersey businesses say they were threatened with litigation in the past five year; statewide, that number is at only 24 percent.

There is a ripple effect here, one that's not so obvious to the casual observer. I'll examine the issue starting tomorrow morning on-air and online.