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December 16, 2005


Statement by Edward Murnane

President, Illinois Civil Justice League

December 15, 2005

For Immediate Release


Ed Murnane


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 encouraging.


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.



The Illinois Civil Justice League is a coalition of Illinois citizens, small and large businesses, associations, professional societies, not-for-profit organizations and local governments that have joined together to work for fairness in the Illinois civil justice system.




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