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August 12, 2016

O’Dwyer’s Cites ILR’s ‘Unprincipled Prosecution’ Study in Article on ‘Vanishing’ Jury Trials

In an article about the New York Times’ recent story on the growth in legal settlements leading to “vanishing” jury trials, O’Dwyer’s cites ILR’s 2014 report, “Unprincipled Prosecution: Abuse of Power and Profiteering in the New Litigation Swarm.”

“Unfettered litigation inhibits the creation of new products and companies, kills jobs, and drags down our entire economy,” O’Dwyer’s cites from the ILR study. “There are currently 1.22 million lawyers filing 15 million civil lawsuits yearly. The U.S. has 391 lawyers per 100,000 population vs. 23 in Japan and 26 in Canada.”

The article also cites Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, who wrote in 2014, “The U.S is choking on litigation…anyone can sue for anything no matter how absurd or egregious.”

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