These data describe unpublished civil cases filed and
terminated in the three federal district courts of Detroit, Michigan,
Houston, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, between 1981 and 1987. The
data were collected to enable researchers to measure the relative
influence of local legal environments and politicized judicial
appointments on unpublished substantive and procedural outcomes.
Variables in the collection specify the date a case was filed and
terminated, type of case filed, specific judgment and nature of the
decision, whether a monetary award was granted and, if so, the amount
involved. Information also is included on whether a government litigant
was involved, if a jury trial was requested and by whom, type of
attorney for plaintiff and defendant, type and number of motions filed
(and by whom), and outcome of appeal, if applicable.