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 - 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

In The News Today - February 5, 2015

February 05, 2015 | Insights

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, called for legal reform in his State of the State Address yesterday, noting that the state's liability costs "rank among the worst in America", adding up to "far more than just numbers on an accountant's balance sheet." Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Illinois, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - February 3, 2015

February 03, 2015 | Insights

The New York Post opines on the federal investigation into the state Supreme Court's civil division in lower Manhattan. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, State Legal Reforms, Illinois, New York

Sheldon Silver and the Recipe for a National Asbestos Litigation Racket

February 02, 2015 | Insights

What do indicted New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, asbestos plaintiffs' firms in New York and Madison County, IL, and a cancer research center have in common? That's exactly the question Joe Nocera answers in his New York Times column this weekend. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, Illinois, New York

Illinois Trial Lawyers Defend Illinois', Madison County's, Lawsuit Climate

January 29, 2015 | Insights

Despite Illinois' paltry (46th out of 50) ranking in ILR's Lawsuit Climate rankings, the fact that two Illinois counties (Cook and Madison) are among the country's least fair and reasonable legal climates, and one Illinois county's (Madison) reputation as "America's Lawsuit Capital" - the Illinois trial lawyers are actually defending the state's lawsuit climate. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Illinois

Madison County, IL Asbestos Filings Doubled in Four Years, Out-of-State Claimant Trend Continues

January 13, 2015 | Insights

1,300 asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County, IL courts in 2013, meaning the county's docket "has doubled in the last four years and tripled in the last seven", according to a report in the Madison-St. Clair Record. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics, Illinois

Massachusetts AG Considering Lawsuit Against Painkiller Manufacturers

January 05, 2015 | Insights

The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey is considering suing manufacturers of prescription painkillers over their marketing practices – similar to litigation being pursued by the city of Chicago and two California counties. Read More »

Tags: Massachusetts, Illinois, California

WSJ Swipes at "America's Worst Governor" for Last Minute Gifts to the Plaintiffs' Bar

December 22, 2014 | Insights

"America's worst Governor isn't leaving without handing one more windfall to his pals in the plaintiffs bar." -- Wall Street Journal Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Asbestos, Illinois

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