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
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.92% - 2.50% Potential Increase
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In The News Today - November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 | Insights

181 asbestos cases are schedule for Monday, December 1 in a single Madison County, IL courtroom – and only one of the plaintiffs is from Madison County. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Lawsuit Lending, Illinois

In The News Today - November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided a "friendly ear to business concerns," especially in the area of class actions, according to National Law Journal writers Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, Illinois, California

Chicago Tribune Cites ILR, Illinois' 'Lawsuit Climate' Ranking

November 18, 2014 | Insights

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced his willingness to consider an increase in the minimum wage in exchange for reforms to the state's workers' compensation and "tort system." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, Illinois

In The News Today - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 | Insights

In addition to "90 percent of asbestos cases in Madison County" being filed for out of state residents, defense attorneys say one way to shrink what has become a "national asbestos docket would be to reduce the number of cases set for trial during each trial week." Read More »

Tags: Discovery, Asbestos, Illinois

In The News Today - October 2, 2014

October 02, 2014 | Insights

Judge Keith P. Ellison recently ruled that foreign investors who sued BP PLC over alleged stock losses related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster can continue to seek remedy in U.S. district court "even though they are litigating under English law". Read More »

Tags: Class Actions Around the Globe, Illinois

In The News Today - September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014 | Insights

The West Virginia Supreme Court announced that justices will no longer deliver "pur curiam", or unsigned, opinions. Chief Justice Robin Davis issued an opinion this week that "every opinion now delivered by the court will include the name of the justice who authored it. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Illinois, West Virginia

Denial Can't Mask Illinois' Poor Lawsuit Climate

Author: Lisa A. Rickard | September 15, 2014 | Insights

Denial is one of the oldest tricks around. When confronted with an uncomfortable situation, one common human instinct is to deny there's a problem. Read More »

Tags: Illinois

Asbestos Appeals Focus on Madison County, IL's 'Forum Shopping' Reputation

August 01, 2014 | Insights

Defendants in three separate Madison County, Ill. asbestos cases have appealed orders denying their forum non conveniens motions to dismiss. They have filed their appeals in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth Judicial District. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Illinois

In The News Today - July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014 | Insights today reports on ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent letter to the Michael Latz, chairman of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, asking him to investigate possible violations of the Illinois Workers Compensation Act by lawsuit lending firms. Read More »

Tags: Illinois

ILR Calls for Investigation into Lawsuit Lenders' Possible Violations of the Illinois Workers Compensation Act

July 10, 2014 | Insights

The Illinois Workers Compensation Act expressly prohibits assignment of any payment, claim, award or decision - which is why it is so concerning that various lawsuit lending firms are marketing and providing loans to workers compensation claimants in Illinois. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Lending, Illinois

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