Illinois

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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. "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

  6. 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

  7. In the News Today - April 24, 2018

    April 24, 2018 | News

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

  8. 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

  9. "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

  10. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More