Illinois is ranked #48 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States.  Within the state, Chicago or Cook County, and Madison County, made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.  Illinois is in the bottom five of every one of the ten elements evaluated in the survey, sitting at the absolute bottom of having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements.

Illinois at a Glance

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$2,435 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.92% - 2.50% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 | Insights

The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman) Read More »

Illinois Editorial Calls for Legal Reform in Wake of 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey Results

September 16, 2015 | Insights

The Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph and Decatur (IL) Herald & Review editorialize on Illinois' poor ranking in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey. Read More »

In the News Today - September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 | Insights

"The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times) Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Continues to Gain Wide Media Coverage

September 14, 2015 | Insights

"Illinois is a litigation haven that beckons to trial lawyers across the nation, and it's hurting your state's reputation," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, as quoted in a syndicated Illinois News Network story that ran in publications throughout Illinois over the weekend. Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Garners Wide National Media Coverage

September 11, 2015 | Insights

Yesterday, ILR and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner sent a strong message through the news media about the need to improve the civil liability climate in Illinois and throughout the country. Our press conference to launch the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was a great success and well attended by both national and local media. Read More »

Survey: Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Hits All-Time Low, Ranks Among Nation's Worst

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

75 Percent of Business Leaders Surveyed Say Lawsuit Climate a 'Significant Factor' in Determining Where to Expand, Grow Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

In the News Today - September 9, 2015

September 09, 2015 | Insights

The head of the Illinois-based Better Government Association highlights a University of Illinois professor's proposal for breaking the state's budget stalemate between Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislature, which includes legal reform. He writes that the governor should "give Democrats a choice between stricter rules on where to file personal injury lawsuits, restricting 'pain and suffering' awards, or sponsoring a constitutional amendment to determine if voters wanted to limit certain damages." (The Herald & Review) Read More »

Asbestos Litigation Drives Defunct Illinois Boilermaker into Bankruptcy for Second Time in 30 Years

August 19, 2015 | Insights

Asbestos lawsuits have driven an Illinois boiler manufacturer into bankruptcy for the second time in less than 30 years, reports Legal Newsline. Read More »

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