Illinois is ranked #50 in the 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, falling from #48 in 2017. Its ranking dropped in almost every key element category, with the greatest drops reflected in Trial Judges’ Competence and Quality of Appellate Review. Illinois moved up by two positions in the Damages category. Both Chicago or Cook County and Madison County made the list of the Cities or Counties with the Least Fair and Reasonable Litigation Environment.


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  1. In the News Today - September 19, 2019

    September 19, 2019 | News

    ILR COO Harold Kim on WGN Radio To Talk About Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Ranking; Average Number of Lawsuits Per Merger Rose In 2018... Read More

  2. Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Ranked Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Asbestos, Data Privacy Lawsuits and Flood of Out-of-State Plaintiffs Make the State a Lawsuit Pariah... Read More

  3. Companies Weigh Fairness of a State's Lawsuit Climate Heavily When Considering Where to Do Business

    September 18, 2019 | Blogs

    National Survey Ranks Delaware's Legal System Nation's Best; Illinois' Worst... Read More

  4. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Press Video

    September 17, 2019 | Video | Watch

  5. 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by The Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable state liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses... Read More

  6. 101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - Sixth Edition 2019

    September 17, 2019 | Research

    A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with an array of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote states' economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - September 6, 2019

    September 06, 2019 | News

    Chicago Engaging in "Naked Gamesmanship," Uber Says... Read More

  8. In the News today - August 27, 2019

    August 27, 2019 | News

    Ninth Circuit BIPA Ruling Creates "Staggering" Potential Exposure for Companies... Read More

  9. The M&A Class Action Racket: An End in Sight?

    July 02, 2019 | Blogs

    In late June, a federal judge in Illinois delivered an extraordinary opinion. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin threw out a merger and acquisition (M&A) objection lawsuit settlement and ordered the plaintiffs' lawyers to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees. He also said that the case should have been dismissed before it ever got off the ground, and that it was time to end the "racket" of "worthless" M&A lawsuits.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - June 18, 2019

    June 18, 2019 | News

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Illinois Biometric Lawsuit; Prop. 65 Lawyers Press On Despite New Coffee Ruling... Read More