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The metro-east is still considered one of the country’s worst ‘judicial hellholes’

Belleville News Democrat

Wednesday, December 5, 2018  |  Article  |  By Mary Cooley

Asbestos (48) , Courts (27) , Legal System (27) , Metro East (65) , Tort Reform (27)
St. Clair and Madison counties have placed further down on an annual list of “most unfair” jurisdictions, courts and legislatures in the country.

The 2018-19 list, compiled by lawyers and others from the American Tort Reform Foundation, is titled “Judicial Hellholes.” It names The city of St. Louis as number 4, following California, Florida and New York City.

St. Clair and Madison counties came in at number 8, with the foundation citing the increase in “no-injury” consumer class action lawsuits. Specific lawsuits included those that targeted the labeling of food products like cake mix or barbecue products.

“The counties also remain among the plaintiffs’ bar’s favorite jurisdictions for asbestos lawsuits, and the Illinois legislature continues to turn a blind eye to the abuses,” the news release states.

Last year, St. Louis was No. 3 and St. Clair and Madison counties No. 7; St. Louis was number 1 at the end of 2016 and the metro-east counties No. 6.