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Fewer Insurance Lawsuits Being Filed In Federal Court In 2004, Study Released By LexisNexis Concludes
If the current trend continues, there will again be fewer insurance cases filed in federal court this year than in 2003 and 2002, according to a report by LexisNexis. There were 3,991 cases in which "insurance" is the nature of suit filed in federal courts in the first half of 2004. That compares with 4,298 for the first half of last year and 4,463 in the first half of 2002.

Patent Lawsuits Continue To Increase At Faster Pace Than Civil Suits, Report By LexisNexis Finds
New patent case filings in federal court increased by 4.2 percent between 2002 and 2003, continuing the upward trend that has resulted in a 130 percent increase in patent case filings from 1988 to 2003, according to a report released by LexisNexis.

Drug Litigation Case Load May Taper And Strategies Change, But Insiders Don't See It Going Away, A LexisNexis Study Concludes
The convergence over the past five years of litigation involving drugs such as Baycol, Propulsid and Rezulin has resulted in a steady increase in the amount of drug cases reported by major drug companies, according to statistics compiled by LexisNexis. But the increase has slowed slightly as litigation matures and as drug companies begin to settle, the figures indicate.