Judicial reform group blames legislative leadership for no lawsuit reform
For the sake of Illinois businesses, there needs to be lawsuit reform, judicial reform group I-LAW says...
According to the most recent “Lawsuit Climate Survey” conducted by Harris Poll, Illinois ranks near the bottom of the nation in terms of its lawsuit environment – 48th worst of the 50 states. More than 85 percent of the business leaders surveyed by Harris Poll for this report said lawsuit climate is a “significant factor” in determining where to expand and grow.
“We need to create jobs in Illinois, not more lawsuits in Illinois,” [I-LAW leader Travis] Akin said. “Unfortunately, lawmakers left Springfield without taking up any lawsuit reform legislation. While surrounding states are making real progress in enacting meaningful lawsuit reforms, Illinois continues to lag behind. Illinoisans should contact their legislators and ask them if they will stand with the personal injury lawyers, who are the only ones who profit from this unfair system, or the small businesses and individual citizens who are far too frequently targets of unfair frivolous lawsuits and are made to pay for personal injury lawyer greed.”
Cook, Madison and St. Clair counties have consistently ranked for over a decade as some of the worst “Judicial Hellholes” in the country, according to annual the “Judicial Hellholes” report from the American Tort Reform Foundation.
“For far too long, Cook, Madison and St. Clair Counties have been a magnet for personal injury lawyers and plaintiffs from all over the country who clog our courts with junk lawsuits that have nothing to do with Illinois, all in the hopes of striking it rich playing our region's plaintiff-friendly lawsuit lottery. Too many judges in these counties have allowed greedy personal injury lawyers to game the system to their advantage, and that is hurting job creation efforts in the Land of Lincoln.”
Chief Executive Magazine released a report earlier this year ranking Illinois the third worst state in the nation for business. In the report, one CEO noted, “Illinois is becoming a worse state to do business in all the time. Other businesses are leaving Illinois, which affects our customer base.”
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