The Gori Law Firm
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.
More than $3 Billion Recovered For Our Clients

Illinois Supreme Court dismissed asbestos lawsuit

After a lengthy court battle, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a Mississippi man's asbestos lawsuit may not be heard and decided in St. Clair County. In making its ruling, the court stated that the hardships that litigating the case in Illinois would produce for the defendants outweighed the benefits of doing so for the plaintiff. It is an unfortunate ruling, to say the least.

The asbestos lawsuit was filed in St. Clair County in 2009 by a former railroad worker who stated that he had been exposed to asbestos and other dangerous substances and that he had developed respiratory problems as a result of that exposure. The plaintiff named Illinois Central Railroad Co., his former employer, as the defendant in the case.

In making its ruling, the Supreme Court listed some of the factors that courts should consider when making a forum analysis. We will list those below for our readers who are considering filing an asbestos lawsuit in a different county in which they live.

Relevant private interest factors include:

  • Convenience of both parties to the case
  • Access to relevant evidence
  • Ability of witnesses to appear in court
  • Possibility of viewing the premises on which the injury occurred

Relevant public interest factors include:

  • The fairness of asking community members to hear and decide a case regarding an injury that took place elsewhere
  • The administrative challenges of handling a case regarding an injury that took place elsewhere
  • The interest in having local cases decided locally

After an analysis of these factors, the court determined that the case should not be decided in St. Clair County. There is no word yet on whether the plaintiff will attempt to get the decision overturned.

Source: Madison Record, "Supreme Court rules for Illinois Central in asbestos forum case," Bethany Krajelis, Dec. 28, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

  1. Experience

    With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

  2. Results

    The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

  3. Team Approach

    We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

  4. Faster Trial Dates

    We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More


Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice
ABA - Defending Liberty - Pursuing Justice Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get a Free Case Review Today

The Gori Law Firm News

The Gori Law Firm Donates to Several Area Food Pantries During the COVID-19 Crisis

Read More >

In The Community

The Gori Law Firm and Global Brew Raise More Than $20,000 at Recent Oktoberfest Event

More Community & Events >

Read Our White Paper

A Continuing Threat: How Deadly Legacy Of Asbestos Haunts Navy Veterans Today >

Edwardsville Office
The Gori Law Firm
156 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Law Office Map

Washington, DC Office
The Gori Law Firm
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW
10th Floor

Washington, DC 20009
Washington Law Office Map

New Orleans Office
The Gori Law Firm
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2195
New Orleans, LA 70112
New Orleans Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
The Gori Law Firm
3878 Carson Street, Suite 210
Torrance, CA 90503
Torrance Law Office Map

New York Office
The Gori Law Firm
360 Lexington Avenue
20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
New York Law Office Map

Orlando Office
The Gori Law Firm
37 N. Orange Ave., Suite 1100F
Orlando, FL 32801
Orlando Law Office Map

Granite City Office
The Gori Law Firm
2862 Madison Avenue
Granite City, IL 62040
Granite City Law Office Map

Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day 888-362-6890
Close X

Contact Us For A Free Case Assessment

Back To Top