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NCJ Number: NCJ 165810     Find in a Library
Title: Federal Tort Trials and Verdicts, 1994-95
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): A H Press ; C J DeFrances
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 9
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: During 1994-1995, U.S. district courts terminated an average of 229,000 civil cases per year, and about 18 percent were tort cases.
Abstract: Of 82,333 tort cases terminated, an average of 41,166 per year, 3,356 or 4.1 percent were decided by a jury or bench trial. Medical malpractice claims comprised 8 percent of trial tort cases, while product liability cases, including asbestos suits, comprised 16 percent of trial tort cases. Of tort trial cases, 69 percent involved citizens from different States (diversity of citizenship), 18 percent involved a Federal question, and 13 percent involved the U.S. Government as a plaintiff (0.4 percent) or a defendant (12.3 percent). A jury decided 72 percent of tort cases brought to trial, including 86 percent of diversity of citizenship trial cases. Bench trials terminated 93 percent of trial cases in which the United States was a defendant. Overall, plaintiffs won in 43 percent of tort cases decided by trials, 32 percent of 283 medical malpractice cases and 27 percent of 527 product liability cases. Plaintiffs also won 7 of 10 airplane product liability cases and 4 of 7 asbestos product liability cases. Of 1,256 tort trial cases in which the plaintiff won monetary damages, the median award totaled $140,000. In 18 percent of cases, the award was $1 million or more and in 9 percent of cases $10 million or more. The mean case processing time for all tort trial cases from filing to termination was 21.8 months, and the median case processing time was 18.1 months. Within 2 years, 68 percent of all tort trial cases were terminated; 5 percent of cases lasted longer than 4 years. 9 tables
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Federal courts ; Torts ; Medical malpractice ; Civil proceedings ; District Courts (Federal) ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Products liability ; United States of America
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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