Federal product suits up 20% in 2008

According to the Law360 Litigation Almanac litigation report, federal litigation despite the economy was up 9% over last year. Caveat: federal litigation is only a portion of over-all U.S. litigation.  State litigation makes up a much greater segment and as a sign of legal market’s over-all health, these numbers aren’t terribly helpful.  That said, here are some interesting trends.

Antitrust:  up 27%

Securities: down 8%

Products liability:  up 20%

Class actions: up 8%

Employment: up 6%

Intellectual Property: 11%

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