A University of Wisconsin Law School study debunks excessive litigation myths about increasing litigation in Wisconsin. Professor Marc Galanter and former Dane County Circuit Judge Susan Steingass’s study refutes the drumbeat from Wisconsin’s business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, that there are too many lawyers filing too many lawsuits.
The authors began their study in response to a call from one state legislator to eliminate funding to University of Wisconsin Law School, one of two law schools in Wisconsin. The study documents that over the period from 1996 to 2007, Wisconsin has experienced a declining volume of lawsuits, and the State has fewer lawyers per capita than the majority of states.
The statistics from this study will provide important evidence as Wisconsin’s legislature considers measures to roll back anti-consumer laws enacted by the Republican controlled legislature.