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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. In the News Today - October 6, 2016

    October 06, 2016 | News and Blog

    Illinois Judge Maintains High Substitution Rate: A St. Clair County, IL judge who was demoted due to frequent substitutions has continued his high rate of substitutions. ... Read More

  7. In the News Today - September 7, 2016

    September 07, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Illinois Civil Justice League released a study yesterday showing that "campaign contributions from trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years."... Read More

  8. In the News Today - August 11, 2016

    August 11, 2016 | News and Blog

    A federal judge granted State Farm summary judgment in three Texas hail cases, dismissing all claims asserted by the plaintiffs. Two of the judgments also had fines for contempt issued against local counsel for the plaintiffs.... Read More

  9. ILR Urges Illinois Governor to Veto Unclaimed Property Bill

    August 03, 2016 | News and Blog

    The Sangamon Sun, which covers the Springfield, IL region, reported on a letter sent by ILR Executive Vice President Harold Kim to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, asking the governor to veto the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act (HB 4633). ... Read More

  10. In the News Today -- August 2, 2016

    August 02, 2016 | News and Blog

    Since 2013, a Madison County, IL associate judge's annual statements of economic interest at the Illinois Supreme Court have disclosed "litigation relationships" with a number of asbestos plaintiffs' firms.... Read More