Illinois Lawsuit Abuse "Gets Lost Amid State's Other Many Problems"

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March 29, 2018

An op-ed in the Illinois News Network said lawsuit abuse “gets lost” in the state legislature.

The network’s Dan McCaleb said when trial lawyers “exploit” the state’s legal system to “enrich themselves,” it “drives up costs for everyone else.” McCaleb says Illinois’s health-care providers pay the second-highest liability insurance rates in the country, which “increase[s] health-care costs for everyone.” He also discusses Madison County’s reputation as the “asbestos lawsuit capital of the U.S.,” since more than one-fourth of the country’s 2016 asbestos lawsuits were heard there.

Illinois, as McCaleb mentions, finished 48th in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by Harris Poll and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. In that survey, Madison County was labeled one of the eight worst and “least fair” jurisdictions in the country.