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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Madison County's "No. 1!" Ranking Has Out of State Plaintiffs' Lawyers Cheering, Local Taxpayers Footing the Bill

April 15, 2015 | Insights

You can almost hear the chants coming from Madison County, Illinois: "We're number 1! We're number 1! We're number 1!" Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Class Actions, Asbestos, Illinois

New Report: Cook and Madison Counties Most Litigious in Illinois

April 14, 2015 | Insights

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) released a report today identifying Cook and Madison Counties in Illinois as the most litigious in the state-by a significant margin. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Illinois

In the News Today - March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 | Insights

Law Times reports on the joint ILR-Canada Chamber report, released last week, which shows "'a tide' of class action lawsuits is a major concern for Canadian business." (LawTimes) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions Around the Globe, State Legal Reforms, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) , Georgia, Illinois

In the News Today - March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 | Insights

Bank of America will face a shareholder lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois, over allegations of Fair Housing Act violations. (Reuters) Read More »

Tags: Illinois

Class Action Reform at Ten Years

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | February 27, 2015 | Insights

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing commemorating the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Illinois, California

In The News Today - February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015 | Insights

"To grow our economy, we must enact meaningful workers compensation reform, unemployment insurance reform, lawsuit reform, pension reform and tax reform," said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in his first annual budget address yesterday. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Unclaimed Property, Illinois, Kansas

In The News Today - February 5, 2015

February 05, 2015 | Insights

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, called for legal reform in his State of the State Address yesterday, noting that the state's liability costs "rank among the worst in America", adding up to "far more than just numbers on an accountant's balance sheet." Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Illinois, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - February 3, 2015

February 03, 2015 | Insights

The New York Post opines on the federal investigation into the state Supreme Court's civil division in lower Manhattan. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, State Legal Reforms, Illinois, New York

Sheldon Silver and the Recipe for a National Asbestos Litigation Racket

February 02, 2015 | Insights

What do indicted New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, asbestos plaintiffs' firms in New York and Madison County, IL, and a cancer research center have in common? That's exactly the question Joe Nocera answers in his New York Times column this weekend. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, Illinois, New York

Illinois Trial Lawyers Defend Illinois', Madison County's, Lawsuit Climate

January 29, 2015 | Insights

Despite Illinois' paltry (46th out of 50) ranking in ILR's Lawsuit Climate rankings, the fact that two Illinois counties (Cook and Madison) are among the country's least fair and reasonable legal climates, and one Illinois county's (Madison) reputation as "America's Lawsuit Capital" - the Illinois trial lawyers are actually defending the state's lawsuit climate. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Illinois

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