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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. In the News Today - July 17, 2018

    July 17, 2018 | News

    Defense Attorney Says SCOTUS Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Class Actions is "Inevitable;" Illinois Appellate Judge Reverses Lower Court Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Asbestos Case... Read More

  6. "ILR at 20": ILR President Rickard Sits Down With Corporate Counsel

    June 26, 2018 | News

    This week, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. ILR President Lisa A. Rickard sat for a question-and-answer discussion with Corporate Counsel on the development of the legal landscape during the first 20 years of ILR.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - May 11, 2018

    May 11, 2018 | News

    Illinois Legislature Mulling Changes to Limit Scope of State's Biometric Information Privacy Law... Read More

  8. In the News Today - April 24, 2018

    April 24, 2018 | News

    Lawyers to Take 75 Percent of Whistleblower Lawsuit... Read More

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

    March 29, 2018 | News

    An op-ed in the Illinois News Network said lawsuit abuse "gets lost" in the state legislature.... Read More

  10. "Judges Not Eating Up Class-Action Food Lawsuits"

    March 12, 2018 | News

    A blog post from Reason says "greedy lawyers" are to blame for the rise of class action litigation against food companies.... Read More