A new analysis of data compiled by KCIC and Bates White found that the average number of defendants in lawsuits filed by a single Charleston, West Virginia law firm — The Segal Firm — surpassed 280, reports Legal Newsline/Forbes.
The Segal Firm averaged 283 defendants, with a maximum of 361 and a minimum of 220. The plaintiffs firm with the next highest named defendants is Deaton Law Firm in North Charleston, South Carolina. Deaton averaged about 100 fewer named defendants than Segal, with 185. Its maximum was 339 and minimum was 115.
Simmons Hanly Conroy, a large asbestos plaintiffs firm located in Madison County, Illinois, names an average of 58 per lawsuit with a maximum of 204.