Illinois’ lawsuit system was ranked as the nation’s worst in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by Harris Poll and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).
This is the first time Illinois ranked dead last in the 12 edition history of the survey (it was ranked 48th overall in the previous two editions). Delaware returns to the number one spot, which it has held in all but one survey. Louisiana, California, Mississippi, and Florida round out the bottom six.
In addition to the rankings, a record 89 percent of respondents said a state’s lawsuit environment is likely to impact their companies’ decisions about where to locate or do business.
“The survey should be a wake-up call to policymakers that their state’s economic growth and prosperity depend in large part on the fairness and predictability of its legal system,” said Harold Kim, chief operating officer of ILR. “States like Illinois are pariahs to companies. Illinois’ lawsuit system is so bad that major tech companies are refusing to sell some of their products there.”