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, IL Asbestos Filings Doubled in Four Years, Out-of-State Claimant Trend Continues

January 13, 2015 | Insights

1,300 asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County, IL courts in 2013, meaning the county's docket "has doubled in the last four years and tripled in the last seven", according to a report in the Madison-St. Clair Record. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, Illinois

Massachusetts AG Considering Lawsuit Against Painkiller Manufacturers

January 05, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey is considering suing manufacturers of prescription painkillers over their marketing practices – similar to litigation being pursued by the city of Chicago and two California counties. Read More »

Tags: Massachusetts, Illinois, California

WSJ Swipes at "America's Worst Governor" for Last Minute Gifts to the Plaintiffs' Bar

December 22, 2014 | Insights

"America's worst Governor isn't leaving without handing one more windfall to his pals in the plaintiffs bar." -- Wall Street Journal Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

In The News Today - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, California

Chicago Tribune Editorial Cites ILR, Urges Gov. to Veto SB 3075

December 15, 2014 | Insights

The Chicago Tribune editorial board today cites ILR in a piece urging Governor Quinn to veto SB 3075, which would reduce the size of civil juries from twelve to six. Read More »

Tags: Illinois

Madison County: Still America's lawsuit field of dreams

December 14, 2014 | Insights

"If awards were given to courts that made the biggest impact in mega litigation, Madison County would surely be in the hall of fame," writes ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in the Belleville News-Democrat. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

Report: 92% of Madison County, IL Asbestos Plaintiffs from Out-of-State in 2014

December 12, 2014 | Insights

As we reported earlier this week, ILR has launched a public awareness campaign in Madison County, IL, focused on the high number of out-of-county and out-of-state litigants who file asbestos lawsuits in the county's courts. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Asbestos, Illinois

This Week's Madison County, IL Asbestos Docket Reinforces Message of New ILR Awareness Campaign

December 10, 2014 | Insights

Among the 207 asbestos cases set for trial this week in Madison County, IL, only two of the plaintiffs actually live in the county. Further, as the Madison-St. Clair Record reports, only 20 of the plaintiffs even hail from the state of Illinois. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics, State Legal Reforms, Illinois

U.S. Chamber Launches Campaign to Shine Spotlight on Lawsuit Abuse in Madison County, Ill.

December 09, 2014 | Insights

Non-residents file 99 percent of asbestos cases in county's courts. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Asbestos, Illinois

In The News Today - December 8, 2014

December 08, 2014 | Insights

In addition to passing a fast-tracked bill to eliminate the 10-year statute of limitations in filing asbestos suits, Illinois lawmakers last week also "out of the blue" passed a bill to reduce the size of juries in civil cases from twelve to six. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Illinois

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