The Boeing Company and Forum Non Conveniens in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Aviation accident lawsuits involve multiple elements supporting an argument for proper jurisdiction in multiple forums, in American courts and internationally. Plaintiffs have shown a strong desire to litigate in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois due to the consistently generous verdict amounts, which are generally greater than those awarded in any other forum. Because foreign plaintiffs cannot rely on Illinois residency to support an argument for jurisdiction in an Illinois court, naming The Boeing Company as a defendant in an aviation lawsuit is a reliable technique for a plaintiff to retain jurisdiction in Chicago’s Circuit Court of Cook County. Since Boeing’s decision to move its headquarters to Chicago in 2001, the increased use of the Cook County court system for international aviation accident litigation has led to a rise in the number of motions based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens. This article will examine how Cook County, Illinois courts have analyzed forum non conveniens issues in recent aviation cases involving international accidents, notably where Boeing is a defendant. The author discusses the doctrine of forum non conveniens and analyzes recent Cook County cases in which Boeing, as a defendant in an international aviation lawsuit, filed motions pursuant to forum non conveniens. Finally, the article will provide conclusions based upon Cook County and other Illinois courts’ reasoning for denying Boeing’s forum non conveniens motions.


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  • Accession Number: 01605241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2016 3:19PM