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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IL Media Highlights Business Climate Index that Includes ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Ranking Survey

July 19, 2016 | News and Blog

A new business climate ranking index that includes ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Ranking Survey results has Illinois, not surprisingly, ranked in the bottom five, reports the Sangamon Sun. Read More »

Madison County #1 in Asbestos Filings, Again

June 30, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

Analysis: Top Asbestos Plaintiffs Firms Name As Many as 300 Defendants Per Suit

June 28, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016 | News and Blog

Legal publication Law360 reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General under which the company will no longer require editorial employees to sign non-compete clauses. Read More »

In the News Today - June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

Attorney: IL Judges Choosing Re-Election over Retention Could Set Precedent for Judges Throughout the State

June 10, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

In the News Today - June 8, 2016

June 08, 2016 | News and Blog

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 »

ILR State Allies Blog Series: Illinois Civil Justice League

June 03, 2016 | News and Blog

Fighting the good fight to help fix Illinois' abusive lawsuit climate is the Illinois Civil Justice League, which has been a valued partner in the legal reform effort for more than 20 years. Read More »

In the News Today - May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Work of "Enforcement Maze" Speaker Highlighted: Illinois Business Daily reports on Southern Illinois University Law Professor Lucian Dervan's presentation at today's ILR/National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers event, The Enforcement Maze: Over-Criminalizing American Enterprise. Read More »

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