Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch News

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch says Arizona second-hand asbestos exposure ruling could have impacts elsewhere

By Kyla Asbury | May 31, 2018

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that found that companies should not be held liable for damages related to second-hand asbestos exposure is “common sense” and could affect similar cases in other states, according to Travis Akin, the executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

Lawmakers still have time to pass lawsuit reform

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | May 14, 2018

Illinois stands alone in the Midwest, stubbornly clinging to the tired, arcane economic policies that are driving droves and droves of people out of the Land of Lincoln.

New report ranks Metro-East one of the nation’s worst 'Judicial Hellholes'

By Travis Akin | Dec 5, 2017

The Metro-East, internationally known as a favorite destination for out-of-state personal injury lawyers and plaintiffs looking to cash in playing the lawsuit lottery, has cemented its status as the “Lawsuit Abuse Capital of the U.S.” with Madison County being named today to a list of the nation’s “Worst Judicial Hellholes.”

Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

By The Madison County Record | Nov 17, 2017

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

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.

More bad news for Illinois

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Sep 13, 2017

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

By Ann Maher | Aug 14, 2017

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

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

By The Madison County Record | Jul 10, 2017

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

By W.J. Kennedy | Jun 21, 2017

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

By Ann Maher | May 30, 2017

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

By Ann Maher | May 10, 2017

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

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Apr 25, 2017

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

By Zachary Lewis | Apr 11, 2017

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 16, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Feb 10, 2017

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

By Russell Boniface | Jan 13, 2017

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

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 16, 2016

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’

By Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Dec 6, 2016

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

By Dawn Geske | Nov 21, 2016

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.

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