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Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

The Madison County Record Nov. 17, 2017, 8:56am

Madison County needs to heed the lessons from the tobacco lawsuits and focus on what is best for Madison County residents – not on making sure personal injury lawyers get a big payday.

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

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Oct. 24, 2017, 6:57am

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.

More bad news for Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Sep. 13, 2017, 8:15am

It seems as though whenever there is a list of state rankings, the news is seldom good for the State of Illinois. In fact, it is usually just the opposite.

I-LAW: Darkness of litigation will last a lot longer than solar eclipse

Ann Maher Aug. 14, 2017, 5:27pm

Travis Akin, who heads the tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said he can't predict what litigation trends will emerge post- solar eclipse, but he believes that "darkness" created by "frivolous" lawsuits will last a lot longer than the two and a half minutes or so that southern Illinoisans - and others - will experience mid-day a week from today.

ITLA should launch an apology tour

The Madison County Record Jul. 24, 2017, 4:04pm

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

I-LAW calling on Illinois lawmakers to follow 'Show Me' state in lawsuit reform

The Madison County Record Jul. 10, 2017, 5:30pm

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch will hold a press conference at the Malcom Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis at 10 a.m. on Thursday to call on Illinois legislators to follow the lead of their counterparts in Missouri in enacting meaningful lawsuit reforms.

Preemptive strike legislation against Trump environmental policies migrating from California

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 21, 2017, 11:42am

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation introduced in the House that would require state agencies in Illinois to enforce environmental standards adopted under the Obama Administration, if those standards are rolled back under Trump is nearly identical to one advancing in the California legislature.

Unclaimed property bill affecting life insurance policies back to '96 passes; Not without criticism

Ann Maher May 30, 2017, 4:42pm

A law requiring insurance companies to locate beneficiaries of unclaimed life insurance policies as far back as 1996 has passed the Illinois General Assembly.

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.