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. 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Illinois

    September 12, 2017 | Video | Watch

  2. In the News Today - June 12, 2017

    June 12, 2017 | News and Blog

    Prospects for significant changes to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) are low, but some changes may be possible with a pro-business Congress and president. The most likely change would be the introduction of an affirmative defense for effective anticorruption compliance measures. ... Read More

  3. In the News Today - March 7, 2017

    March 07, 2017 | News and Blog

    The Carlton Fields Class Action Survey found that companies across multiple industries spent $2.17 billion defending class action lawsuits in 2016, accounting for 11.2 percent of all litigation spending in the United States. ... Read More

  4. The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

    February 24, 2017 | Research

    This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - November 22, 2016

    November 22, 2016 | News and Blog

    Chicago alderman "Fast Eddie" Vdolyak has been charged with trying to help another lawyer evade taxes on potentially $65 million in fees from the 1998 $200 billion tobacco settlement, despite having done no legal work on the case.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - November 16, 2016

    November 16, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered eight claims administrators to "provide information on procedures they use to notify class members about settlements and the response rates for various methods of notification."... Read More

  7. In the News Today - November 15, 2016

    November 15, 2016 | News and Blog

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower program is likely to continue, bolstered by a $20 million award announced Monday, experts said, despite the newly elected Trump administration's threats to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act that created the program in 2011.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - November 9, 2016

    November 09, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Fair Courts Now PAC, formed in mid-October and funded by mostly asbestos law firms, attempted to derail two fifth district appellate court candidates, James "Randy" Moore and John Barberis. As of this morning, however, both candidates are leading by roughly 10 percent margins with 95 percent of the precincts reporting. ... Read More

  9. In the News Today - November 7, 2016

    November 07, 2016 | News and Blog

    National Courts Monitor breaks down some of the plaintiffs' lawyers scandals from this election cycle, including a "bombshell story that a well-connected Boston [asbestos] law firm paid bonuses to apparently directly reimburse employees for political donations." ... Read More

  10. In the News Today - November 1, 2016

    November 01, 2016 | News and Blog

    In a bit of irony, Slater and Gordon, the world's first publicly traded law firm, which specializes in class actions and also practices third party litigation funding - has been sued in a shareholder class action that is funded, in part, by Australian-based JustKapital Litigation Financing and London's Woodsford Litigation Funding. ... Read More