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

Principal Investigator(s): Lind, Allan E.; Hensler, Deborah R.


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.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Variable List for Litigant Survey - Download All Files (1.27 MB)
DS2:  Litigant Survey CATI Items - Download All Files (0.781 MB)
DS4:  Codebook for All Parts - Download All Files (0.817 MB)

Study Description


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.

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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 Type(s):    survey data


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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-05-12

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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