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.
Legislation currently sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, would require "life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died," reports Madison - St. Clair Record.
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Madison County, Illinois remains the top jurisdiction in the country for asbestos cases by a wide margin, according to data presented at a recent asbestos litigation conference. Filings from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 show Madison County with 1,351 asbestos cases. The second busiest jurisdiction, Baltimore City, Maryland, saw 45 percent fewer cases than Madison County. Read More »
A new analysis of data compiled by KCIC and Bates White found that the average number of defendants in lawsuits filed by a single Charleston, West Virginia law firm - The Segal Firm - surpassed 280, reports Legal Newsline/Forbes. Read More »
Between July 2014 and September 2015, a single Chicago attorney filed more than 500 Illinois False Claims Act suits in Cook County Circuit Court against out-of-state liquor sellers, 201 of which were dismissed by a judge. Read More »
Lisa Rickard, president of ILR, wrote an in-depth opinion piece for Law 360 stating "the practice of contracting out the state's law enforcement power to private lawyers facilitates a pay-to-play cultures, encourages overreaching, and places the financial interest of lawyers above fairness and due process." Read More »
An attorney arguing in favor of an objection to the ballot status of three St. Clair County, IL judges who resigned to run for retention instead of re-election said that any Illinois judge would copy these three judges if they are allowed to continue their re-election effort. Read More »
The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District Appellate Court to hear Ford Motor Company's appeal on a motion to dismiss a Madison County, IL asbestos case - Jeffs v Anco Insulations, Inc. - for "lack of personal jurisdiction." Read More »