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Tort Law and Probabilistic Litigation: How to Apply Multipliers to Address the Problem of Negative Value Suits
International Review of Law & Economics (2010)
  • Ben Depoorter
Abstract
This Article advances a proposal that brings to life valuable lawsuits that litigation costs currently discourage. Our proposal converts claims with negative expected values into positive expected value claims by implementing a novel system involving flexible conditional multipliers. Our proposal has two components. First, under the proposed system a plaintiff is allowed to select a damage multiplier that determines the amount of damages the plaintiff will receive if the litigation is successful. Second, courts select cases for litigation randomly with a probability inverse to the multiplier the plaintiff selected.
Keywords
  • technology,
  • torts
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Ben Depoorter. "Tort Law and Probabilistic Litigation: How to Apply Multipliers to Address the Problem of Negative Value Suits" International Review of Law & Economics Vol. 30 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bendepoorter/20/