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. States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

    February 12, 2018 | Blogs

    In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 8, 2018

    February 08, 2018 | News

    Despite Judge's Tongue-Lashing, 'Serial Objector' Escapes RICO Suit; Oakland Would Pay 23.5% Of Recovery From Its Climate Lawsuit To Private Lawyers... Read More

  3. Illinois Court Says Fingerprint Lawsuits Must Show Actual Harm

    December 26, 2017 | News

    An Illinois state appeals court said plaintiffs must show actual harm to qualify as an "aggrieved" person under the state's biometric data law, reports Law360.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - November 6, 2017

    November 06, 2017 | News

    Illinois Supreme Court smells a fishy situation... Read More

  5. "Illinois' lawsuit climate is yet another weight on its economy"

    October 11, 2017 | News and Blog

    The Illinois economy is being weighed down by "one of the most abusive lawsuit climates in the country," U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform President Lisa A. Rickard and Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch said in an op-ed in the Illinois State Journal-Register.... Read More

  6. Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Continues To Impact State Cases

    September 27, 2017 | News and Blog

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark Bristol-Myer Squibb jurisdiction ruling in June that reined in the practice of forum shopping. Now, a federal judge is on the verge of tossing almost 4,000 out-of-state plaintiffs in Illinois, writes the Madison-St. Clair Record.... Read More

  7. Faces of Lawsuit Abuse 2017 – Illinois

    September 12, 2017 | Video | Watch

  8. 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Illinois

    September 12, 2017 | Video | Watch

  9. 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

  10. 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