Federal Litigation Continued Downward Trend In 2017

Law360 (March 13, 2018, 5:48 PM EDT) -- Fewer cases were filed in federal courts in 2017 compared to the year before, following a broader trend of falling litigation rates over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

In the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017, case filings fell in federal courts of appeal by 16 percent and in district courts by 7 percent, while petitions to U.S. bankruptcy courts fell by 2 percent, bringing the overall number of cases filed in each of those courts to their lowest levels since at least fiscal year 2013, the report...

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