Here, in Taylor v. Lemans Corporation, the First Appellate District affirmed a Cook County Circuit Court decision denying Lemans' Motion to Transfer on grounds of forum non conveniens. The facts are essential to determining the proper forum for a lawsuit. Here, this litigation originated from a motocross accident which occurred in Bureau County, Illinois. The plaintiff sued for product liability and chose cook county as his forum even though he did not live there. Despite that, the Defendant's motion was denied because, as the Appellate Court reasoned, the Plaintiff's choice should be given some deference and Cook County is not inappropriately chosen despite its large caseload and distance from the accident. Witness testimony can be obtained through depositions and computer and internet access have made the physical location of accidents less significant.
So, the intersection of technology and the law seems to shaping civil procedure and how Courts perceive the relative positions of the litigants and their ability to obtain, review, and process information. The ruling, and its supporting reasoning, indicates that Defendants need to be sharper with their forum non conveniens arguments and that they should make plans to litigate more cases in Cook County rather than collar counties (or rural western and downstate counties) because plaintiffs will undoubtedly seek to sue in Cook County because jury verdicts are viewed as more favorable to plaintiffs there than in other counties in Illinois.
Contacting a business litigation attorney prior to litigation can help shape contracts or other materials to specify a particular favorable forum in advance of issues. Further, once litigation is commenced, business litigation attorneys can help craft stronger, more developed arguments in favor of forum non conveniens to ensure that litigation plays out in more favorable fora to both minimize damages if there is to be an adverse ruling and to provide for better leverage in settlement negotiations after plaintiff's counsel is faced with many long commutes to litigate the case.