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Survey: Corporate Litigation down in U.S., up in U.K.

Posted by rjbiii on October 16, 2007

According to an annual survey sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski, U.S. companies are defending, and filing, fewer lawsuits:

Based on interviews with in-house counsel at 250 major U.S. corporations, 17 percent of respondents said their companies had escaped the past year without having to defend a single new lawsuit, up sharply from only 11 percent in 2005-06.

American corporations also appear to have backed off as plaintiffs – 65 percent of respondents said their company had initiated at least one lawsuit in the past year, down from more than 70 percent a year ago and an even steeper drop from 2004, when 88 percent of U.S. companies said they had initiated litigation.

Our brethren in the U.K. have not been as fortunate:

By contrast, U.K. companies have experienced significant increases in both [regulatory and judicial] categories.

The news isn’t all good (or bad, depending upon your perspective); the number of product liability and patent suits are still climbing.

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