Ill. Asbestos Ruling May Drive Products Suits Out Of State

Law360, New York (January 3, 2013, 9:40 PM EST) -- In an asbestos ruling last week, the Illinois Supreme Court instructed the state's judges to weigh all private and public interest factors when determining whether a lawsuit belongs in the state, an unusual directive that could benefit companies that have long blasted the jurisdiction as a magnet for out-of-state plaintiffs.

A five-judge majority of the state's high court ruled Dec. 28 that a Mississippi man's asbestos injury lawsuit against Illinois Central Railroad Co. did not belong in Illinois, reversing a lower court's refusal to dismiss the...
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