Illinois is ranked #48 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, the same unenviable position it held in 2015. The state has ranked in the bottom five of the 50 states since 2005. Within the state, Cook County and Madison County made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments. 

Illinois at a Glance

Suggested Resources

  • 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Illinois

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Illinois

All Results for Illinois

  1. In the News Today - May 28, 2019

    May 28, 2019 | News

    Federal Judge OKs TCPA Lawsuit That "Might Encourage" New Types of Suits... Read More

  2. Proposed Illinois Law May Rein In Biometric Data Lawsuits

    April 03, 2019 | News

    A bipartisan pair of Illinois state senators has introduced a bill that could rein in the mounting litigation over the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, Biometric Update reports.... Read More

  3. Illinois Law Blocks Residents From Buying Some New Technologies

    April 02, 2019 | News

    The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act has shut out new consumer and home security products from being sold in the state, CNET reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - March 28, 2019

    March 28, 2019 | News

    Florida Lawmakers Consider Whether to Follow Illinois, Open Lawsuit Floodgates... Read More

  5. Illinois Supreme Court Opens the Door to Wave of Data Litigation

    January 28, 2019 | News

    The Illinois Supreme Court last week lowered the threshold for lawsuits under the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). One defense attorney told Law360 that the decision will open businesses to "hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in exposure."... Read More

  6. In the News Today - January 4, 2019

    January 04, 2019 | News

    Illinois Judge Rules for Google in State Biometric Data Lawsuit... Read More

  7. Lawsuit Over Coffee Warning Labels Named Most Ridiculous of 2018

    December 18, 2018 | Press Release

    A lawsuit targeting California coffee houses for not including warning labels on their products tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018. ... Read More

  8. American Law Institute: Elite Group of Legal Experts Exerts Growing Influence Over State Law

    December 03, 2018 | Blogs

    This kind of thing isn't supposed to happen. A private group of legal experts has influenced a court to ignore a majority rule and change their application of state law. And it won't be the last time.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - November 15, 2018

    November 15, 2018 | News

    Is the Scope of Illinois' Biometric Privacy Law Expanding?; California Jury Clears Johnson & Johnson in Talc Case... Read More

  10. Judge Wants To "Police Potential Abuse of the Judicial Process" When It Comes to Attorneys' Fees

    September 28, 2018 | News

    A U.S. District Judge in Illinois said he will "exercise its inherent powers to police potential abuse of the judicial process" in questioning why the plaintiffs' attorneys in a securities class action should be awarded $300,000 in fees, the Cook County Record reports.... Read More