Is Ill. A Forum-Shopping Paradise? State Court Says No
January 14, 2013, 12:40 PM EST
Law360, New York (January 14, 2013, 12:40 PM EST) -- In Fennell v. Illinois Central Railroad Co., the Supreme Court of Illinois reversed the St. Clair County Circuit Court’s denial of a forum non conveniens motion to dismiss and determined that a Mississippi man’s asbestos bodily injury lawsuit against the railroad did not belong in Illinois. The ruling is a positive development for corporate defendants in a jurisdiction frequently viewed as unfavorable or unfriendly to defendants.
In Fennell, the Mississippi resident plaintiff filed suit in St. Clair County, alleging that during the course of his...