Illinois has one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, ranking at 46th out of 50 states. The state is also home to two of the least fair and reasonable legal climates in the country — Cook and Madison Counties. 

Illinois at a Glance

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$2,435 Potential Tort Cost
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0.92% - 2.50% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - April 4, 2014

April 04, 2014 | Insights

Courts are taking a closer look at attorney fees in merger and acquisition lawsuits that often result in disclosure-only settlements. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Lawsuit Lending, Securities Litigation Reform, Illinois, Tennessee

In the News Today - March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014 | Insights

Nobody wins when state officials deputize trial lawyers. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, State Attorneys General, Illinois

In the News Today - March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 | Insights

South Carolina was ranked 39th in ILR's 2012 survey of the 50 states' legal system, but an op-ed in The State says that lawsuit reforms to address the hiring of outside counsel and landowner liability "can restore faith and integrity in the state's civil justice system - at no expense to the taxpayer." Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Illinois, New York, South Carolina

Illinois: Stop the Unregulated March of the Lawsuit Lenders

February 24, 2014 | Insights

The Illinois General Assembly said 'No' to the lawsuit lending industry once before. They can again protect Illinois consumers by opposing the industry's latest proposal -- and then working to provide greater oversight and reasonable regulation of the lawsuit lenders. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Lawsuit Lending, Illinois

In the News Today - January 2, 2014

January 02, 2014 | Insights

A judge awarded plaintiffs' lawyers $4.1 million in fees for winning a jury verdict in a price-fixing case against makers of Vitamin C, far less than the $15 million they requested. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Trial Bar Influence, Illinois

Of Lawsuits and other World Records

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | December 19, 2013 | Insights

Let's end Madison County's reign as the nation's clearinghouse for asbestos cases. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

New U.S. Chamber Reports Reveal Cook and Madison Counties Harm Illinois' Lawsuit Climate

December 17, 2013 | Press Release

A pair of new reports released today by ILR spotlight how abusive litigation in Cook and Madison counties is hurting Illinois' lawsuit climate. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

A Docket on the Brink: Asbestos Litigation in Cook County

Author: Mark Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | December 17, 2013 | Research

This paper describes the development of the asbestos docket in Cook County and the evolution of current issues that threaten the administration of justice in asbestos cases. The paper also describes some options for defendants confronting these issues. However, absent reform in the administration of the docket, Cook County appears destined to continue on a path toward notoriety. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

Litigating in the Field of Dreams: Asbestos Cases in Madison County

Author: James L. Stengel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | December 17, 2013 | Research

Although it is in its early days in terms of the abandonment of the trial assignment scheme, Madison County seems poised to play a substantial and continuing role as a "clearinghouse" jurisdiction in the next chapter of the unfolding drama that is asbestos litigation: lung cancers. This paper is, in part, an update of ILR's 2010 publication, but with new information and analysis to bring it current to today's issues and challenges. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

In the News Today - December 5, 2013

December 05, 2013 | Insights

The SEC's co-director of enforcement said that "FCPA not well developed" at a recent event. The FCPA Professor calls the comment the most notable - and candid - statement by an FCPA enforcement official in recent years. Read More »

Tags: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Asbestos, Virginia, Illinois

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