One quarter of US law departments average less than one law suit per year!

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver surveyed law departments regarding litigation.

What stunned me about the 485 valid responses to the survey was that “112 respondents (almost one-quarter) indicated that their company had ‘less than 5’ state or federal civil cases in the last five years – less than one per year, on average.”

Is that not astounding? The frenzy over litigiousness, patent trolls, class actions, third-party funding of cases, e-discovery costs, and the general burden of litigation runs rampant. At the same time, in a broad-based survey, one out of four US legal departments rarely saw a single lawsuit from one year to the next!

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