The research covered in this edition of the ILR Research Review documents a range of emerging litigation trends and offers solutions that policymakers can adopt to curb them. Included in this review are:
- Tort Costs in America: An Empirical Analysis of Costs and Compensation of the U.S. Tort System, which shows the shockingly high cost ($443 billion) that Americans paid for the tort system in 2020 and what’s driving that cost;
- ILR Briefly: A New Threat: The National Security Risk of Third Party Litigation Funding, highlighting the danger of foreign adversaries using the lack of transparency in TPLF to pour money into strategic litigation against U.S. companies;
- Nuclear Verdicts: Trends, Causes, and Solutions, which examines 1,376 verdicts worth $10 million or more in state and federal courts and shows that the rate of such verdicts is increasing; and
- 101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems—Seventh Edition, ILR’s user’s guide for state legal reforms, which contains many options for mitigating the dangerous trends documented in the other research in this edition of the Review.