Decision could allow more widespread use of litigation funding practice


On Jan. 10, Illinois joined Texas, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Florida in a growing group of states that allow plaintiffs and defendants to accept outside money for legal activity.

The ruling to allow this activity was the result of a pretrial discovery dispute in which a federal magistrate judge in Illinois ruled that Miller U.K. Ltd had the right to accept money from other sources in its lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc. Despite Caterpillars attempts to obtain details about the arrangement, the judge has rejected that they should be made available.