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By: Matt Foree
Along with the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s study finding the U.S. legal system to be the most costly, the ILR also provided the results of a new national opinion survey regarding the civil legal system. That survey, which polled 800 voters across the country in April 2013, shows that voters view the civil legal system negatively and believe that it mostly benefits lawyers.
Specifically, the survey found that the vast majority of those polled believe that the number of lawsuits is a serious problem. The survey also found that about three in five American voters received notice that they qualify for a class action lawsuit, but that only a small percentage (14%) received anything of meaningful value as a result of such lawsuit. Furthermore, the vast majority of those polled reported a belief that there has been more abuse of the legal system over the last ten years, and that lawyers benefit more than the people on whose behalf the class actions are filed. In addition, many of those polled believed that third party financing of lawsuits is not acceptable.