The Lincoln lawyers — Is Illinois the land of lawsuits? « Watchdog.org:
"The two counties, across the river from St. Louis, have become one of the favorite locations for venue shopping lawyers looking for a big payday, said Travis Akin, executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch.
“This is more than just the occasional slip-and-fall lawsuit,” Akin told Illinois Watchdog. “This is a very systematic, very purposeful manipulation of our legal system in the state of Illinois.”
Akin said trial lawyers have found judges and juries who will hear cases with no ties to Illinois.
The Hellhole report notes that one in four of all asbestos cases in America are tried in Madison County.
“Last year, there were nearly 1,600 asbestos lawsuits filed in Madison County, Akin said. “About 90 percent of those cases had nothing to do with Illinois.”
St. Clair County is becoming the go-to jurisdiction for lawyers looking to sue drug makers, he said."