Illinois Trial Lawyers Association News

Outgoing Gov. Rauner decries veto override of damages cap bill, brands it 'invitation' to trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has decried the Illinois legislature's decision to override his veto of a bill greatly increasing the cap on the amount individuals can claim when they sue the state.

Appeal judges mull 'troubling' questions on potential fallout from $3M verdict vs GSK over lawyer's suicide

By Dan Churney | May 31, 2018

With one judge saying he found “troubling” the potential harm to patients from decreased incentives for drug makers to develop new breakthrough medications, a federal appellate panel in Chicago hashed out some of the legal questions surrounding the appeal of jury’s verdict ordering GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide, and whose family has accused the pharmaceutical company of failing to warn that a generic version of its drug Paxil could raise a patient’s risk of suicide.

ITLA responds to Rauner budget

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

Under the guise of “reform,” Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking changes to our workers’ compensation laws that will shift the responsibility of caring for injured workers away from insurers and onto those hurt on the job and the taxpayers.

Kolker campaign accuses Republican candidate for judge of stealing campaign slogan; Ruocco denies any wrongdoing

By Angela Underwood | Jan 17, 2018

The campaign committee for St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker last week called on candidate for judge Katherine Ruocco to "acknowledge stealing social media posts and campaign slogans."

Biased or not, Kolker's decision not likely to stand

By The Madison County Record | Jan 10, 2018

He insists that his decision was not politically motivated and that he had the law on his side. Nevertheless, Associate Judge Chris Kolker's decision – overturning Gov. Bruce Rauner's executive order nullifying the so-called “fair share” fees that non-union state workers must pay to the unions ostensibly representing them – is likely to have little long-term effect.

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

By The Madison County Record | Dec 5, 2017

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Madison County ranked seventh in 'Judicial Helholes' report; St. Clair County not on the list

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 5, 2017

Madison County and St. Louis were named as two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report.

'The way due process is supposed to work': Ill. Supreme Court decision reshapes state's legal landscape

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Oct 24, 2017

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

ITLA responds to Harris poll

By The Madison County Record | Sep 12, 2017

If the U.S. Chamber wants a debate over what justice means for someone who lost a child due to a physician’s gross negligence, a worker maimed because his plant didn’t want to spend a few extra dollars for safer equipment, or for an individual killed when shrapnel severed their carotid artery after a defective airbag inexplicably exploded in their face, let’s have that debate.

ITLA should launch an apology tour

By The Madison County Record | Jul 24, 2017

ITLA should hold its own rally at Malcolm Martin Memorial Park and apologize for the harm they've done.

I-LAW highlights differences between 'Show Me' and 'Sue Me' states at presser

By Ann Maher | Jul 13, 2017

Add Teaser hereFor Belleville trucking operator Bill Frerichs, one of his biggest worries he says is what trial lawyers can do to his family's nearly 70-year-old business.

John Scanlon selected president of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

By David Hutton | Jun 12, 2017

CHICAGO – Veteran attorney John P. Scanlon was selected to lead the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association as the 64th president after being officially installed during the group’s annual convention at the Westin Hotel.

Rauner missed opportunity in budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 15, 2017

In his budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner once again called for changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, but missed an opportunity to spotlight the real problem with that system: insurance company profiteering.

ITLA: Different year, same tired ATRA propaganda aimed at undermining Illinoisans’ legal rights

By Christopher Hurley | Dec 22, 2016

Long before the recent explosion of “fake news,” the American Tort Reform Association, an organization that uses the appealing word “reform” in its name to hide its true purpose, was busy hawking disinformation to confuse public understanding and promote rage toward our state’s judicial system.

High costs of work comp driving business out of Illinois, experts say

By Amanda Robert | Oct 25, 2016

CHICAGO - For organizations that advocate on behalf of business in Illinois, there’s no question – the high cost of workers’ compensation will continue to have dire consequences for the state and its economy.

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million

By Amanda Robert | Oct 11, 2016

Reform proponent suggests trimming Work Comp Commission budget by $10 million Workers’ compensation continues to be a contentious issue in Illinois, with many business leaders and legal advocates pushing for more reform.

Illinois Policy Institute: Reforms are needed to get state out of rut

By Whitney Wright | May 23, 2016

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) recently issued a report showing jobs in Illinois have been increasing over the last two years, Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute said those results don't tell the whole story.

How big must a fraction be to get John Cooney's attention?

By The Madison County Record | Apr 12, 2016

Last year, in his ongoing effort to derail the tort reform movement in our state legislature, asbestos attorney John D. Cooney, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, observed that asbestos cases represent “a fraction of total cases filed in Madison County.”

I-LAW hosts lawsuit reform rally in Springfield; ITLA responds that lawsuit abuse is not a problem

By Ann Maher | Apr 6, 2016

Legal reform supporters gathered in Springfield today to lobby legislators in support of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to stop "venue shopping."

ITLA: Corporate frontgroup presses to deprive the disabled, disfigured and deceased of the chance for justice

By The Madison County Record | Apr 6, 2016

Illinois has its share of problems, as all states do, but so-called “lawsuit abuse” is not one of them.

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