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Survey of Tort Litigants in Three State Courts, 1989-1990: [United States] (ICPSR 9699) RSS

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Summary:

This survey examines the experiences of tort litigants in three state courts: (1) Bucks County, Pennsylvania, (2) Prince George's County, Maryland, and (3) Fairfax County, Virginia. The survey was administered using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. The most critical aspect of the CATI skip logic is that respondents were interviewed using different modules depending on their role in the dispute (plaintiff vs. defendant), the state/county, and the mode of resolution of their lawsuit. Questions were asked about the nature of the dispute, the plaintiff's financial losses, the defendant's report of damages claimed, events leading up to the lawsuit and finding a lawyer, arbitration cases, settlement conference cases, trial cases, bilateral settlement cases, costs of the lawsuit, social background, and overall evaluation of the experience.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Variable List for Litigant Survey - Download All Files (1.3 MB)
Data:
DS2:  Litigant Survey CATI Items - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
Data:
DS4:  Codebook for All Parts - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Lind, Allan E., and Deborah R. Hensler. Survey of Tort Litigants in Three State Courts, 1989-1990: [United States]. ICPSR09699-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09699.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   arbitration, courts, lawsuits

Geographic Coverage:   Maryland, Pennsylvania, United States, Virginia

Time Period:  

  • 1989--1990

Date of Collection:  

  • 1989--1990

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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