Weak Economy Slows Litigation Growth

Law360, New York (January 4, 2010, 8:04 PM EST) -- Lawsuit filings rose a scant 5 percent in 2009, down from 9 percent in the previous year, as economic pressures kept plaintiffs activity in check, according to a Law360 analysis of federal dockets.

The number of new cases in U.S. district courts rose to 279,391 in 2009, up from 266,055 filings in 2008, according to preliminary data from PACER, the federal docketing system.

An increase in product liability cases, especially asbestos cases, as well as a more modest rise in employment litigation contributed most heavily to...
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