Posted 7/17/12 by Common Good
Infographic: Lawsuits in America
It's no secret that the American legal system is broken. The website eLocal recently published the graphic below, depicting the facts and figures of the status quo. Jaclyn Nicholson, of eLocal, wanted to share some thoughts with Common Good supporters:
Each year, 15 million civil cases are filed in the U.S. Unfortunately; many people are looking to come across a big paycheck, resulting in frivolous lawsuits. Lawsuits are handled differently in different countries. For example, in other legal systems, the loser in a suit must pay a large portion of the winner’s legal fees, which encourages litigants to exercise more caution. In the U.S., each party pays their own fees, giving people less of an incentive to be careful with lawsuits. Check out this infographic to learn about torts and America’s obsession with lawsuits.