Have you ever seen a 30-foot tall golf tee? If you’re driving through Casey, Illinois, you can see one at the Casey Country Club. This year, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the tee as the world’s tallest.
Just a short drive down Interstate 70 from Casey sits another record-holding locale in Madison County, Illinois.
Their claim to fame is lawsuits. Lots of them. Specifically, lots of asbestos lawsuits.
In 2012, a record 1,563 asbestos lawsuits were filed in the county. This year will likely break that previous record. The county accounts for more than 25 percent of all asbestos lawsuits filed in the United States – even though it comprises just .0008 percent of the U.S. population.
How did this happen? Because only about 1 in 10 of those asbestos lawsuits are filed by plaintiffs who ever lived or worked in Madison County. That’s right – more than 90 percent of plaintiffs have never set foot in the county.
This week, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released Litigating in the Field of Dreams, a new report examining how Madison County has turned itself into a national clearinghouse for asbestos litigation.
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