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Are companies wising up about premises liability, or are more meritless claims being filed? Either way, plaintiffs are winning a smaller percentage of suits. In 1992, plaintiffs won in 44.4 percent of cases in which they reached a jury trial in state court in one of the 75 largest U.S. counties. By 2001, the latest year for which data is available, that number had dropped to 41.5 percent. Median damage awards for prevailing plaintiffs also dropped. @ A Bureau of Justice Statistics bulletin, available on SM Online, has details.

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