Estimating the Impact of a Minimal Diversity Standard on Federal Court Caseloads

The U.S. legal system is widely acknowledged to be the costliest in the world—more than twice as expensive as our major competitors, such as Japan, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. Tort claims and related litigation cost more than $250 billion per year, draining untold resources from the productive economy and resulting in lost jobs and missed growth opportunities for manufacturers.

The NAM, through its Restore our Courts initiative, is advocating a return to the Founding Fathers’ original intent through restoring the standard of minimal diversity. This one simple process reform would go a long way toward enhancing fairness in our civil justice system by discouraging speculative litigation and repairing the black eye that has been imposed upon our tort system.


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