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Suing a Business in the State of Illinois - ISBA Advises

Question: If I sue a business over a consumer claim, how long will it take for my case to be heard in court? Answer: Depending on where you file and the backlog of cases, it could take at least two to three months before your case is heard. That is because in Illinois, a person being sued has one month to respond to your complaint. After that, it may take another month to set a trial date, and there could also be continuances and other delays that impact the final resolution of a claim. Anyone with a question about a legal matter can talk to a lawyer at no cost on the Illinois State Bar Association's 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact options include two toll-free numbers, Skype and email. For details, visit

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