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Press Release - August 10, 2015

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Statement On 300 Asbestos Cases On Trial Today In Madison County

(Marion) - Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), a grassroots, non-partisan legal watchdog group, today issued the following statement on the 300 cases set for trial today in Madison County:

Asbestos litigation continues to be a big reason why Madison County is ranked the fifth-worst "Judicial Hellhole" in the country. According to the 2015 "Judicial Hellholes" report from the American Tort Reform Foundation, "roughly 90 percent of plaintiffs who file in Madison County come from outside Illinois. They drag with them scores of defendants they name in each lawsuit, hoping enough of those defendants will settle out of court and thus help sustain the lawsuit industry's asbestos business model."

The 300 cases set for trial today will likely never actually go to trial as most will certainly be settled because that is what happens to asbestos cases filed in Madison County and is precisely why so many asbestos lawsuits continue to be filed in Madison County.

Only 24 of the claimants in the lawsuits are actually from Illinois and of those only seven or 2.5 percent of the claimants are even from Madison County. There are 20 claimants from Ohio and 17 from Texas. One is even from Puerto Rico.

The proliferation of asbestos litigation is one reason the American Tort Reform Association has launched a new website, www.asbestoslitigationwatch.org/, dedicated to highlighting the abuse of asbestos litigation all across the country.

The time for reform is now. Change can only come if citizens take the time to not only be informed but to also act. ATRA's new website will help inform but ultimately it is up to us to act. Let's stand together and make Madison County known as a leader in reform - not the nation's most prolific asbestos docket in the country.

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