On September 21, 2017 the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois issued a personal jurisdiction opinion that may change the national landscape of asbestos litigation.
Aspen American Insurance Company v. Interstate Warehousing, Inc.closes the door in Illinois to out-of-state plaintiffs suing for claims that have no ties to Illinois against defendants who are not domiciled in the state.
One-third of all asbestos-related lawsuits in the United States are filed in Madison County, Illinois and asbestos litigation accounts for 72% of the civil cases filed in Madison County. Only 75 of 1,224 asbestos cases filed in Madison County in 2015 were filed by Illinois residents. This may change with the recent decision in Aspen.
The Court in the Aspen case applied the Daimler AG v. Bauman Supreme Court decision. Daimler distinguished between specific and general jurisdiction. In cases involving specific jurisdiction, a state can establish jurisdiction over a defendant because the cause of action arose out of or occurred within the jurisdiction. General jurisdiction is based on the principal that you can sue a defendant where they are domiciled. In cases involving a company, that is where they are incorporated, where they have their principal place of business, or when their connection to the forum state is so substantial that a very limited exception is warranted.
 American Tort Reform Foundation, Judicial Hellholes 2016-2017, 31 (2017)
 Aspen Am. Ins. Co. v. Interstate Warehousing, Inc.,-- NE.2d --, 2017 IL 121281 (Ill. Sept. 21, 2017)
 Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S.Ct. 746 (2014)