The Illinois Civil
Justice League is pleased with the Supreme Courtís decision in
the Price vs. Philip Morris case. It seemed clear from the
outset that this was a flawed case that would not have
progressed in a venue other than Madison County.
While the Courtís
ruling stands on its own, we hope it is yet a further indication
that Illinois continues to move closer to a fair system of civil
justice. There is still a ways to go but this ruling is
It is significant to
note that the ruling was agreed to by two justices elected as
Republicans from downstate Illinois and two elected as Democrats
from Cook County. This also is encouraging in a state in which
judicial selection is frequently based on political affiliation.