According to data released March 15, 2011, by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, case filings continued to increase in fiscal year 2010. “This continues a decade-long trend of growth in these filings,” said an office news release. New product liability cases increased from 59,504 in 2009 to 64,367 in 2010. The vast majority of the 41,133 personal injury cases filed in federal court in 2010 involved asbestos claims.
Overall, civil case filings in the U.S. district courts increased 2 percent in 2010, which represents “417 civil filings per authorized judgeship.” According to the report, filings in the Southern District of Illinois more than quadrupled mostly due to multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving contraceptives. Filings in the District of Minnesota increased 30 percent due to multiple MDL personal injury/product liability claims.