We Won’t See You in Court: The Era of Tort Lawsuits Is Waning

State restrictions, increasing cost and a long campaign by businesses has discouraged plaintiffs.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Joe Palazzolo
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
July 24, 2017

Tags: Courts

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Center for State Courts (NCSC)


Americans, reputed to be the most litigious people in the world, are filing far fewer lawsuits.

Fewer than two in 1,000 people—the alleged victims of inattentive motorists, medical malpractice, faulty products and other civil wrongs—filed tort lawsuits in 2015, an analysis of the latest available data collected by the National Center for State Courts shows. That is down sharply from 1993, when about 10 in 1,000 Americans filed such suits.