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Litigation Suffers Slump In 2007

Law360 (January 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The number of federal lawsuits filed in 2007 fell markedly from the year before, a development that will likely produce a slump in overall litigation, our analysis of federal dockets shows.

According to Law360's examination of federal court dockets, the number of new cases brought in 2007 fell from 279,252 in 2006 to 248,296 this past year, marking an 11% decline in litigation overall.

“The statistics don't lie,” said Thomas McGough, a partner at Reed Smith LLP and former head of the firm's litigation department for...
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