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 - October 6, 2016

October 06, 2016 | News and Blog

Illinois Judge Maintains High Substitution Rate: A St. Clair County, IL judge who was demoted due to frequent substitutions has continued his high rate of substitutions. Read More »

In the News Today - September 7, 2016

September 07, 2016 | News and Blog

The Illinois Civil Justice League released a study yesterday showing that "campaign contributions from trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years." Read More »

In the News Today - August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 | News and Blog

A federal judge granted State Farm summary judgment in three Texas hail cases, dismissing all claims asserted by the plaintiffs. Two of the judgments also had fines for contempt issued against local counsel for the plaintiffs. Read More »

ILR Urges Illinois Governor to Veto Unclaimed Property Bill

August 03, 2016 | News and Blog

The Sangamon Sun, which covers the Springfield, IL region, reported on a letter sent by ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, asking the governor to veto the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act (HB 4633). Read More »

In the News Today -- August 2, 2016

August 02, 2016 | News and Blog

Since 2013, a Madison County, IL associate judge's annual statements of economic interest at the Illinois Supreme Court have disclosed "litigation relationships" with a number of asbestos plaintiffs' firms. Read More »

In the News Today - July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | News and Blog

U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital once again announced that it has surpassed previous earnings, reporting $52.8 million in first-half profits after taxes. Read More »

Troubling 'Unclaimed Property' Bill Sits on Illinois Governor's Desk

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Legislation currently sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, would require "life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died," reports Madison - St. Clair Record. Read More »

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 »

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