Illinois Trial Lawyers Association News

Workers' comp bill on Pritzker's desk will expose more companies to asbestos lawsuits, attorney says

By John Breslin | Apr 12, 2019

Some companies may be exposed to more asbestos lawsuits under proposed legislation now on Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker's desk.

IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

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.

IL high court says Chicago Park District off the hook for bicyclist's injuries on Lakefront Trail

By Dan Churney | Jan 2, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has tossed an appellate court decision in a suit, which claimed the Chicago Park District was liable for a bicyclist's injury on the city's Lakefront Trail, saying a Cook County judge was right to declare the district immune from liability, because the trail is a recreational pathway.

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Oct 17, 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.

Illinois' legal climate among nation's worst, survey says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 12, 2017

Cook County's increasingly bad reputation for attracting lawsuits from across the nation has contributed significantly to helping the state rank again among the worst legal climates in the nation in a recent national survey.

IL Supreme Court: Conant High School can't be sued for student's gym class floor hockey eye injury

By Dan Churney | Mar 27, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate ruling, saying a Cook County judge was right to toss a suburban high school student’s suit, because the suit did not show a gym teacher was at fault for failing to make students wear goggles during a floor hockey game, which left the student with an injured eye. 

Cook County, with Madison, St. Clair counties, lands a top spot again among "Judicial Hellholes"

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 15, 2016

After two years off the official list, Cook County has again landed a top spot – albeit, in combination with two other downstate Illinois counties - on an annual list recognizing some of the most litigious locales in the U.S., the world’s most lawsuit-happy country. On Dec. 15, the American Tort Reform Association ranked Cook County, together with Madison and St. Clair counties, at No. 6 in its top U.S. “Judicial Hellholes.”

IL Supreme Court: Law shields homeowners from suits over snow removal, not 'unnatural' ice

By Dan Churney | Dec 5, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court has put the freeze on certain slip-and-fall suits, by affirming an appellate ruling that the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act immunizes homeowners against suits arising from weather-caused slippery sidewalks, but not from ice buildup caused by negligent drainage. 

IL Supreme Court rejection of law to reduce jury size sheds light on key legal, justice principles

By Andrew Burger | Oct 14, 2016

As he was about to leave office, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill, strongly supported by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, that would have reduced the number of jurors in state civil trials from 12 to six. On Sept. 22, the Illinois Supreme Court rescinded the law in a unanimous 5-0 vote, declaring unconstitutional the law, which would have had deep implications for the state's civil justice system.

Demetrio: Legal profession still challenging; lifetime achievement award 'doesn't mean 'See you later'

By Jamie Kelly | Jul 11, 2016

For Thomas A. Demetrio, who recently received the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association's lifetime achievement award, the name of the award honoring legendary attorney Leonard M. Ring is among the most gratifying aspects of the recognition.

IL high court: More than lost money, damaged reputation needed to sustain doctors' peer review suit vs hospitals

By Dan Churney | May 31, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court has strengthened the hand of hospitals in a ruling that took a physician’s suit off life support, because he failed to allege a north suburban hospital system inflicted “physical” harm upon him when it terminated his hospital privileges – which the court said is the necessary standard under state law for the hospital group to enjoy immunity from liability.

Divided IL Supreme Court tosses rule protecting police, fire depts from lawsuits, says rule outdated, despite precedent

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 22, 2016

For decades, Illinois cities, villages, fire protection districts and others providing police, fire protection and ambulance services have enjoyed general immunity from lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who may accuse paramedics, firefighters and police officers of failing to provide the level of protection or response individuals may believe they should have. On Jan. 22, however, a majority of justices on the Illinois Supreme Court decided the time had come to undo the judicial rule.

Madison County lands on "Judicial Hellholes" list; Cook off list for 2nd consecutive year

By The Cook County Record | Dec 17, 2015

For the second consecutive year, Cook County was not listed on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual registry of the country’s worst “Judicial Hellholes.” However, downstate Madison County, thanks in large part to what the group calls an asbestos “rocket docket,” was again subjected to a torching this year, as ATRA released its annual report.

Survey says Cook, Madison counties, state of Illinois, rank among worst environments for lawsuits in country

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 10, 2015

The courts of Cook and Madison counties, as well as the state of Illinois, have again ranked very poorly in the eyes of business leaders, a survey says, hampering the state’s economic growth, reducing the state’s tax haul, and making it more difficult to pay Illinois’ bills and provide needed public services, according to Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner and representatives of the nation's largest business association.

ITLA: Rauner showing signs of being a bully

By The Cook County Record | Apr 8, 2015

To the Editor:Illinois had another governor not so long ago who showed pure contempt for the institutions of government and who vilified others to try and get his way. Is history repeating itself with a new governor skirting the rule of law and condemning our democratic system of checks and balances by castigating anybody not toeing his line?Gov. Bruce Rauner has attacked public employees, the organizations

ICJL criticizes ITLA ad campaign as push against potential tort reform

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 3, 2015

MurnaneThe Illinois Civil Justice League believes an advertising campaign the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association recently launched is an attempt to push back against talk of tort reform in the state capitol.In a news release issued Thursday, the ICJL said the campaign– which includes a paid ad on Capitol Fax blog, as well as social media and other outreach efforts– aims to “protect open access to Illinois

ITLA: The big money campaign to deny taxpayers’ constitutional right to seek justice from our courts

By John D. Cooney | Jan 14, 2015

Recent headlines depict just a few examples of American citizens unknowingly put in harm’s way, seriously injured or killed due to defective products and unsafe food: “Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42,” “Takata airbag victims looked like they had been shot or stabbed,” and “Packaged caramel apples linked to five deaths, CDC says.”

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