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Good for business? Why corporate lawyers give bad marks to Chicago, L.A.

The US Chamber of Commerce surveyed 1,125 top lawyers at major corporations, who said Chicago and Los Angeles have the least fair litigation environments for businesses in the US.

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Chicago and Los Angeles have the least fair and reasonable litigation environment for businesses in the US, according to a national survey released on Monday by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform.

The survey asked 1,125 top lawyers at major corporations to rate state and county court systems.

They were asked: “Thinking about the entire country, what do you think are the five worst city or county courts? That is, which city or county courts have the least fair and reasonable litigation environment for both defendants and plaintiffs?”

Seventeen percent of respondents answered Chicago/Cook County, Illinois. Sixteen percent of surveyed lawyers identified Los Angeles.

In addition, nine percent listed the entire state of California and an additional nine percent identified San Francisco. Eight percent listed Philadelphia as having the least fair and reasonable court system.

The Institute for Legal Reform has been conducting the litigation survey since 2002. Institute officials say the results are important because a state’s lawsuit environment may influence where companies decide to locate or expand.

“As our economic recovery has stalled, a growing percentage of business leaders have identified a state’s lawsuit climate as a significant factor in determining their growth and expansion plans, and the jobs that come along with them,” Institute President Lisa Rickard said in a statement.

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