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)
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In the News Today - May 3, 2016

May 03, 2016 | Insights

Lawsuit Alleges Starbucks Cold Drinks Have Too Much Ice: A Chicago woman filed a federal lawsuit claiming Starbucks "regularly overfills its cold drinks with ice instead of using the advertised amount of coffee or other liquid in its plastic cups." Read More »

In the News Today - April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016 | Insights

NJ Legal Reform Group Provides Defense of Consumer Arbitration: "The biggest opponents of arbitration are plaintiffs' attorneys, who make their living in the courtroom. These attorneys are running a smear campaign against arbitration because they know that having a faster and cheaper process for resolving disputes will cut into their bottom line." Read More »

In the News Today - April 7, 2016

April 07, 2016 | Insights

Madison County's High Number of Out-of-County Asbestos Filings Highlighted: In 2015, only six of 1,224 asbestos lawsuits (less than 1 percent) filed in Madison County, IL were on behalf of the county's residents. Read More »

Madison County's Share of Non-Local Asbestos Lawsuits Grows

April 01, 2016 | Insights

In Madison County (IL) courts, the more things change, the more they . . . get worse? That's the only plausible conclusion from a recent Madison-St. Clair Record analysis of asbestos cases in the notorious legal jurisdiction. Read More »

Fourth District faces question whether judges have option to run for election over retention

March 28, 2016 | Insights

For the first time since three St. Clair County judges resigned their seats only to rerun for them to avoid a retention vote, a court whose judges owe their jobs to voters will decide whether the Illinois Constitution lets this move stand. Read More »

Only Six Percent of Madison County, IL's 2015 Asbestos Filings on Behalf of Illinois Residents; Only One Percent on Behalf of In-County Residents

March 25, 2016 | Insights

An analysis of Madison County, IL court records finds that 1,224 asbestos cases were filed in the court in 2015, reports the Madison-St. Clair Record. Read More »

In the News Today - March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016 | Insights

IL Circuit Judge Candidate Seeking Election Rather than Retention Reassigned Last Year After 38 Substitutions in 102 Days: St. Clair County (IL) Circuit Judge candidate Robert P. LeChien, who controversially resigned from the court so he could seek election instead of retention, "hasn't carried a circuit judge's workload for a year." Read More »

In the News Today - March 8, 2016

March 08, 2016 | Insights

Law schools exaggerating alumni employment figures?: Today marks the first day of Anna Alaburda's case against the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. The case is the first of its kind to go to trial. Read More »

In the News Today - March 4, 2016

March 04, 2016 | Insights

Illinois Judicial Ratings Released: The Illinois Civil Justice League released its ratings of Illinois judges and found that "three judges in St. Clair County (IL) received the lowest rating, 'not recommended.'" Read More »

State Civil Justice Groups Highlight Need to Pass FACT Act

February 02, 2016 | Insights

Palmetto Business Daily highlights support for the FACT Act from South Carolina's civil justice group, also noting that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on the bill tomorrow. Read More »

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