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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New Asbestos Database Reveals "Staggering" Profits in Asbestos Litigation Business

May 15, 2015 | Insights

A database recently unsealed in the Garlock Sealing Technologies' bankruptcy reveals the "staggering amount of money generated by the business of asbestos." Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, Illinois

In the News Today - April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Wall Street banks are embroiled in an intense dispute with the U.S. government over its ‘aggressive' interpretation of foreign-bribery laws, a flurry of legal wrangling in a probe with broad implications for how corporations do business overseas." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics, Illinois

Debate Continues Over Madison County, IL's 'High Litigation Rates'

April 30, 2015 | Insights

"Is Madison County court a litigation nightmare?" asks an Alton Telegraph story, which points to a new Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) study that shows the high per-capita rate of lawsuits filed in the county. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Class Actions, Asbestos, Illinois

In the News Today - April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | Insights

Manhattan prosecutors ratcheted up their corruption charges against former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a new filing on Thursday, saying he accepted money from law firms for which he performed no legal work by way of an intermediary investment account. (Law360) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Legal Ethics, Illinois, New York

Madison County's "No. 1!" Ranking Has Out of State Plaintiffs' Lawyers Cheering, Local Taxpayers Footing the Bill

April 15, 2015 | Insights

You can almost hear the chants coming from Madison County, Illinois: "We're number 1! We're number 1! We're number 1!" Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Class Actions, Asbestos, Illinois

New Report: Cook and Madison Counties Most Litigious in Illinois

April 14, 2015 | Insights

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) released a report today identifying Cook and Madison Counties in Illinois as the most litigious in the state-by a significant margin. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Illinois

In the News Today - March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 | Insights

Law Times reports on the joint ILR-Canada Chamber report, released last week, which shows "'a tide' of class action lawsuits is a major concern for Canadian business." (LawTimes) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions Around the Globe, State Legal Reforms, Telephone Consumer Protection Act , Georgia, Illinois

In the News Today - March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 | Insights

Bank of America will face a shareholder lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois, over allegations of Fair Housing Act violations. (Reuters) Read More »

Tags: Illinois

Class Action Reform at Ten Years

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | February 27, 2015 | Insights

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing commemorating the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Illinois, California

In The News Today - February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015 | Insights

"To grow our economy, we must enact meaningful workers compensation reform, unemployment insurance reform, lawsuit reform, pension reform and tax reform," said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in his first annual budget address yesterday. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Unclaimed Property, Illinois, Kansas

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