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Critics say online privacy legislation is pro-trial lawyer; Advocate says tech industry is 'too loose' with personal data

Ann Maher May 10, 2017, 8:48am

Internet privacy legislation making its way through Springfield is more in line with the interests of the trial bar than it is with consumer protection, critics say.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reforms in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Apr. 25, 2017, 1:07pm

It should not come as any surprise but personal injury lawyers have found a new way to game the system in Illinois.

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch lobbies legislators for lawsuit reform

Zachary Lewis Apr. 11, 2017, 8:16am

SPRINGFIELD – A group of small business owners converged at the capitol March 28 in a "Rally for Lawsuit Reform," to urge support for civil justice reforms.

'Loser pays' standard from Idaho likely wouldn't make it in Illinois Supreme Court, litigation reformer says

Karen Kidd Feb. 16, 2017, 12:10pm

SPRINGFIELD – A new "loser pays" standard set down by the Idaho Supreme Court last fall, and now challenged by a bill in that state's Legislature, likely would never fly in Illinois courts, a litigation reform advocate said during a recent interview.

Apology laws do not reduce medical malpractice suits, study finds

John Breslin Feb. 10, 2017, 8:18am

Apology laws that allow physicians to express sympathy to patients and families without it being used against them have not reduced the number of medical malpractice suits filed, or the amounts paid out, according to a new study.

Tort reform group wants action to stop 'junk' suits in Illinois courts

Russell Boniface Jan. 13, 2017, 9:24am

A civil justice reform group is seeking to advance legislative proposals that would help eliminate "junk” lawsuits in Illinois courts.

‘Show Me Your Lawsuit State’ tops ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 16, 2016, 7:12am

The Metro-East St. Louis region joined the ranks yet again as this year’s worst jurisdictions, with St. Louis topping the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list and Madison and St. Clair Counties ranking sixth in the nation. ATRA, however, praised Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ recent revised case management order governing the Madison County asbestos docket.

Voters are fed up with judges and personal injury lawyers who ‘Game the System’

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 6, 2016, 9:56am

The 2016 Election is over and voters have rendered their verdicts and shown they want judges and legislators who will stand up to the personal injury lawyers and stop lawsuit abuse in Illinois.

I-LAW: Voters sent clear message in election - restore fairness to courts

Dawn Geske Nov. 21, 2016, 8:41am

Results of recent judicial elections in southern Illinois demonstrate that voters don't want personal injury attorneys "ruling the court system," according to a legal reform advocate.

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

Ann Maher Nov. 4, 2016, 12:00pm

Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.

Good judges matter

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Nov. 1, 2016, 2:36pm

When we turn on the radio, turn on our televisions and even log into our social media accounts, we are bombarded with political advertising.

I-LAW encourages voters to pay attention to upcoming judicial races

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 7, 2016, 7:24am

Voters are being encouraged to educate themselves on judicial candidates running for election and judges running for retention during this week of "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness," especially those who have personal injury litigation backgrounds or who receive campaign contributions from personal injury interests. 

Plaintiffs fail in bid to move talc litigation to southern Illinois

John Breslin Oct. 7, 2016, 6:52am

Plaintiffs suing over claims linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer failed in a bid to consolidate the cases in federal court in southern Illinois.

I-LAW: Lawmakers need to enact reasonable lawsuit lending bill

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 22, 2016, 6:28am

SPRINGFIELD — With powerful lobbyists on both sides of the issue, lawmakers in several states, including Illinois, continue to grapple with the question of how to regulate a growing industry linked to consumer litigation. But a new law in Vermont shows it can be done.

Report: Justice for sale in Illinois

Quinten Plummer Sep. 7, 2016, 6:42am

More than $35 million in trial lawyer contributions to elected officials in Illinois during the past decade and a half further evidences that justice is for sale in a state that has become

Study shows $17.1 million spent on government lawsuits in Madison, St. Clair counties

Dawn Geske Aug. 16, 2016, 6:34am

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch has released a study showing that Madison and St. Clair counties, as frequent litigation targets, have incurred $17.1 million in costs in a four year period.

I-LAW: Take judicial races seriously; 'good judges matter'

Russell Boniface Aug. 8, 2016, 6:41pm

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch executive director Travis Akin advises voters in southern Illinois to take several upcoming judicial races in November seriously and "do their homework."