Kane Might Back Reforms in Civil Laws
Byline: Lisa Smith
With the goal of deterring frivolous lawsuits that negatively affect small businesses, the Kane County Board is poised to consider a resolution urging state lawmakers to reform Illinois' civil justice system.
The board's legislative committee Wednesday forwarded a resolution to the executive committee seeking to fix "one of the worst lawsuit climates in the nation."
"I think it's a problem," committee chairman Bill Wyatt said.
The Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Illinois Civil Justice League, is lobbying the Kane and DuPage county boards and other local governments to call on legislators to enact comprehensive lawsuit reform. A representative of the agency presented the measure at Wednesday's meeting.
"Who's impacted? Small businesses, mom-and-pop businesses," said Ryan McLaughlin, vice president of Zapwater Communications, speaking on behalf of the Institute for Legal Reform. "A million- dollar business in Kane County spends $17,000 each year on tort liability costs."
That estimate is based on an analysis conducted for the Institute. The organization ranks states annually from least- to most-abused lawsuits. …