Chance and Litigation
University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration, Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
September 28, 2011
Boston University Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Fall 2011), pp. 45-59
Is the litigation game as random as a coin toss? In this paper, the author presents the results of his preliminary research regarding the randomness of litigation. Specifically, the author formulates and then tests his “random litigation hypothesis” -- the conjecture that the litigation game is a random process with just two possible outcomes, like a coin toss, and that the litigants to a dispute are essentially playing a game of chance when they submit their dispute to a court for resolution.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: chance, randomness, coin toss, litigation game, random litigation hypothesis, relative frequency
JEL Classification: C81, C83, K41Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 30, 2011 ; Last revised: September 10, 2014
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