Conference examines cost of federal lawsuits

May 10, 2010 3:30:52 AM PDT
The Duke University School of Law is hosting a conference Monday and Tuesday that will look at the costs of federal lawsuits.

Leading judges and lawyers from around the country will attend. They plan to discuss why federal lawsuits cost so much and take so long.

Attendees will look at data describing the problem and consider suggestion on how law farms and corporations can cut litigation costs.

One study to be presented at the conference found that because not all judges are up to date on ways to speed up the process, the same type of case can take two or three times longer to resolve in one federal court than another.

An annual survey of senior corporate lawyers found a jump in U.S. corporations who hired outside attorneys last year to investigate cases of bribery or corruption.

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