Move over Madison and St. Clare counties. There's a new judicial hellhole in the state of Illinois.
According to the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), Cook County, which includes Chicago, tops its neighboring jurisdictions on the 2005 list of judicial hellholes, coming in at No. 2. Formerly the reigning king and queen of the list, Madison and St. Clare counties have dropped to fourth and fifth respectively.
Yet Gantz doesn't believe Cook County deserves its newly bestowed title. Although he admits the county has its problems, he still feels calling it the number two judicial hellhole in the country is over-the-top.
"My experience is that appropriate motions challenging venue and lack of product identification are being brought and granted in Cook County," he says.