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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tort Trial Statistics in Federal Court

The Justice Department collects statistics on tort trials in the federal courts . The statisitics for the 2002-2003 period are as follows.
Tort trial cases terminated in U.S. district courts, 2002 - 2003
Total number tort cases concluded: 98,786
Jury and bench tort trials 1,647
Tort trials with plaintiff winners


Tort trials with monetary awards 590
Median damage awards $201,000

Therefore about 1.6% of the federal tort cases went to trial. Plaintiffs won about 42% of the tort trials and the defense won about 58%% of the tort trials.

In those 704 tort trials where a monetary awards were made, the median damage award was $201,000. This means half of the verdicts were for more than $201,000 and half of the verdicts were for less than $201,000.


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