Illinois

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
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0.92% - 2.50% Potential Increase
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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 »

In the News Today - January 28, 2016

January 28, 2016 | Insights

Delaware Chancery Court Takes Step Toward ‘Curtailing Abusive Deal Litigation': Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard, "handed down an opinion that makes all-but-unreachable the low hanging fruit of ‘disclosure settlements' for plaintiffs' lawyers who sue on ‘virtually every transaction.'" He essentially "told lawyers for future plaintiffs that if they want to be paid for bringing cases alleging defective disclosure, they will have to take them to trial." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 | Insights

New Mexico AG Latest to File Suit Against Volkswagen: Volkswagen already faces more than 500 lawsuits from individuals and car dealers, as well as suits brought by the U.S. Justice Department and attorneys general in Texas and West Virginia, over the alleged emissions scandal. That, however, didn't stop New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas from also filing suit against the automaker yesterday. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Illinois Columnist Highlights State's Poor Ranking in ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey

January 06, 2016 | Insights

Illinois News Networks syndicated columnist Scott Reeder writes of Illinois' abusive legal climate. Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | Insights

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

In the News Today - December 9, 2015

December 09, 2015 | Insights

Objections Filed Against Nominating Papers of IL Judges Resigning to Run for Election, Instead of Retention: Dallas Cook, the Belleville, IL City Clerk and a GOP candidate for St. Clair County circuit clerk, has filed objections to the election nomination papers of three sitting circuit judges who have announced their intention to resign their seats so they can run for election, instead of retention. Cook seeks to have the judges name stricken from the March 15 primary ballot. (Madison-St. Clair Record) Read More »

In the News Today - November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 | Insights

ILR's 2015 Liability Ranking Study Cited: A column about patent litigation in Texas highlights the state's ranking in ILR's 2015 State Liability Rankings study. (TownHall) Read More »

Bombshell Testimony from Former Simmons Firm CEO in Sheldon Silver Corruption Trial

November 12, 2015 | Insights

Greg Kirkland, the former CEO of the Illinois-based, mega-asbestos plaintiffs firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, testified in the ongoing corruption trial of indicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Read More »

In the News Today - November 11, 2015

November 11, 2015 | Insights

Editorial Rips Schneiderman's Exxon ‘Climate Change' Investigation: "Engaging in scientific research and public advocacy shouldn't be crimes in a free country. Using the criminal law to shame and encumber companies that do so is a dangerous arrogation of power." (Bloomberg View Editorial) Read More »

Rogue State Treasurer Rewriting the Law for a Private Auditor's Gain

November 09, 2015 | Insights

In a massive overreach of authority, the Illinois state treasurer has superseded state law by imposing new standards on how life insurance policies are paid out, and in the process, may fundamentally change the role the state plays in the life insurance industry. Read More »

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