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.
The Polish online newspaper Prawnik (The Lawyer) carries an article highlighting the recent litigation funding market analysis released by ILR's Justice Not Profit campaign. The article not only addresses the fact that the litigation funding market in the UK increased from from £180 million pounds in 2009 to £1.5 billion pounds currently, but also highlights the fact that the industry remains unregulated and lacking in transparency. (Prawnik - publication is in Polish) Read More »
On September 10, 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner joins Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, in a press conference to release the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings. Read More »
The Oklahoman editorial board notes the state's improved ranking (33rd) in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate rankings, writing, "Oklahoma is improving its national reputation regarding lawsuit issues at a time when such issues are growing in importance to businesses." (The Oklahoman) Read More »
"The Justice Department wants the message to go out that federal prosecutors will be taking aim at executives" as part of a new enforcement policy that requires companies to identify every employee within the company that may be involved in infractions alleged by prosecutors. (New York Times) Read More »
"Illinois is a litigation haven that beckons to trial lawyers across the nation, and it's hurting your state's reputation," said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, as quoted in a syndicated Illinois News Network story that ran in publications throughout Illinois over the weekend. Read More »
Yesterday, ILR and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner sent a strong message through the news media about the need to improve the civil liability climate in Illinois and throughout the country. Our press conference to launch the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was a great success and well attended by both national and local media. Read More »
The head of the Illinois-based Better Government Association highlights a University of Illinois professor's proposal for breaking the state's budget stalemate between Governor Bruce Rauner and the legislature, which includes legal reform. He writes that the governor should "give Democrats a choice between stricter rules on where to file personal injury lawsuits, restricting 'pain and suffering' awards, or sponsoring a constitutional amendment to determine if voters wanted to limit certain damages." (The Herald & Review) Read More »