Civil Justice Report No. 3  September 2001


They’re Making a Federal Case Out of It . . . In State Court

Appendix of Statistical Tables

Table 1: Populations Of Counties Surveyed, With Comparisons To Other Counties With Large Class Action Dockets

County

Population of County

Percent Population of the United States

Palm Beach, FL

1,131,184

0.40%

Madison, IL

258,941

0.09%

Jefferson, TX

252,051

0.09%

Los Angeles, CA

9,519,338

3.4%

Cook County, CA

5,376,741

1.9%

Table 2: Retail Sales and Manufacturers Shipments by County, with Comparisons to State and National Values

County

Palm Beach, FL

Madison, IL

Jefferson, TX

Retail Sales by County,

1997(in $1000)

11,731,186

2,057,045

2,570,929

Percent Retail Sales of State

7.8%

1.9%

1.4%

Percent Retail Sales of the United States

0.48%

0.08%

0.10%

County Manufacturers Shipments, 1997 (in $1000)

6,344,506

7,676,517

15,920,187

Percent Manufacturers Shipments of State

8.2%

3.8%

5.3%

Percent Manufacturers Shipments of the United States

0.17%

0.20%

0.41%

Table 3: Per Capita Class Action Rate Of Counties Surveyed

County

Palm Beach, FL

Madison, IL

Jefferson, TX

Population of County

1,131,184

258,941

252,051

Percent Population of the United States

0.4%

0.09%

0.09%

Per Capita Class Action Rate For 2000 (Per Million)

35.4

150.6

78.4

Projected Number Of Total US Class Actions At Per Capita Rate

9,951

42,386

22,331

Table 4: Repeat Appearances By Plaintiffs' Counsel

County

Palm Beach, FL

Madison, IL

Jefferson, TX

Distinct Law Firms Appearing on Complaints

115

67

45

Cumulative Number of Appearances by All Law Firms on All Complaints

181

222

75

Percentage of Cumulative Appearances Attributable to Top Five Most Frequently Appearing Firms 

26.5%

45.5%

32%

Number of Firms Appearing Only Once

96

40

30