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In a massive overreach of authority, the Illinois state treasurer has superseded state law by imposing new standards on how life insurance policies are paid out, and in the process, may fundamentally change the role the state plays in the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

In the News Today - November 6, 2015

November 06, 2015 | Insights

"Importantly, BP pays the $2.3 (billion) whether the proof supports it or not." According to emails unsealed in the indictment of plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts over alleged Gulf oil spill settlement fraud, fellow lawyers, and even Watts' brother, grew wary of alleged oil spill plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs was found to be a dog, instead of a deckhand on a fishing boat. Thousands of "fact sheets" about those plaintiffs also were shared with and reviewed by an unnamed law firm in Chicago. Watts is under indictment for alleged fraud and identity theft in the litigation. (Madison-St. Clair Record) Read More »

In the News Today - October 9, 2015

October 09, 2015 | Insights

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 »

VIDEO: 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings Released

October 07, 2015 | Insights

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 »

In the News Today - September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015 | Insights

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 »

Illinois Editorial Calls for Legal Reform in Wake of 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey Results

September 16, 2015 | Insights

The Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph and Decatur (IL) Herald & Review editorialize on Illinois' poor ranking in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey. Read More »

In the News Today - September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 | Insights

"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 »

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