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October 5, 2017

WSJ: Hurricane Irma’s Lawsuit Chasers

“Trial lawyers from across the country are coming to Illinois and setting up shop,” said Bryan Quigley in Chicago City Wire’s story on Chicago area courts’ ranking as some of the country’s worst jurisdictions in ILR’s 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey.

Cook County is the “most unfair legal jurisdiction in the country” according to the survey, and Madison County ranked as the seventh-worst. Quigley said Illinois courts are plagued by close relationships between plaintiffs’ lawyers and the judges, as the lawyers “made contributions to some of these elected officials campaigns, and they’re treated comfortably.”

One of the biggest issues with these courts is “litigation tourism,” Quigley said. In the jurisdictions that were rated as the most fair, “cases that don’t belong there do not stay there.”

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