Illinois is ranked #48 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, the same unenviable position it held in 2015. The state has ranked in the bottom five of the 50 states since 2005. Within the state, Cook County and Madison County made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments. 

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$2,435 Potential Tort Cost
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States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

In the News Today - February 8, 2018

February 08, 2018 | News and Blog

Despite Judge's Tongue-Lashing, 'Serial Objector' Escapes RICO Suit; Oakland Would Pay 23.5% Of Recovery From Its Climate Lawsuit To Private Lawyers Read More »

Illinois Court Says Fingerprint Lawsuits Must Show Actual Harm

December 26, 2017 | News and Blog

An Illinois state appeals court said plaintiffs must show actual harm to qualify as an "aggrieved" person under the state's biometric data law,┬áreports Law360. Read More »

In the News Today - November 6, 2017

November 06, 2017 | News and Blog

Illinois Supreme Court smells a fishy situation Read More »

"Illinois' lawsuit climate is yet another weight on its economy"

October 11, 2017 | News and Blog

The Illinois economy is being weighed down by "one of the most abusive lawsuit climates in the country," U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch said in an op-ed in the Illinois State Journal-Register. Read More »

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Continues To Impact State Cases

September 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Bristol-Myer Squibb jurisdiction ruling in June that reined in the practice of forum shopping. Now, a federal judge is on the verge of tossing almost 4,000 out-of-state plaintiffs in Illinois, writes the Madison-St. Clair Record. Read More »

Survey: Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Again Ranks Among Nation's Worst

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the second time since 2015, Illinois' lawsuit climate ranked number 48 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Illinois has been in the bottom five states for the past decade. Read More »

In the News Today - June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Prospects for significant changes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are low, but some changes may be possible with a pro-business Congress and president. The most likely change would be the introduction of an affirmative defense for effective anticorruption compliance measures. Read More »

In the News Today - March 7, 2017

March 07, 2017 | News and Blog

The Carlton Fields Class Action Survey found that companies across multiple industries spent $2.17 billion defending class action lawsuits in 2016, accounting for 11.2 percent of all litigation spending in the United States. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

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