A Taxonomy of Federal Litigation

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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4 Responses

  1. Sasha says:


    Would it be useful at all to understand how the relationships change over time? e.g. produce the last figure using data from individual years, then animate it to show changes over time?

  2. Dave Hoffman says:

    Useful? Yes! Fantastically fun to try? Yes! But we might not have enough data over multiple years in this set. Negotiating to get more – and then need to find funding to have it coded. Boo.

  3. Kyle says:

    Dave: This is fascinating stuff. As a follow-up study – not to suggest that you haven’t done enough already – it might be interesting to chart the mortality / disposition of various causes of action, when situated in different pairings / couplings. In this vein, one might identify whether, in particular contexts, certain causes of action are essentially makeweight tag-alongs, which never provide the grounds for relief for the plaintiff, while others are virtually always in the case to the end, and provide the backbone for the suit. (It’s been my longtime supposition, for example, that relatively few cases that append an IIED claim to other causes of action ultimately lead to a jury finding of IIED, and an award of damages on that basis.)

  4. Dave Hoffman says:

    Yup, we’re on it! (See the third promised post of this series, when I’ve written it, for details.)