Lawsuit Involving Labor Disputes filed in the United States district courts in 1961 totaled 2,484. In the same year, the number of civil rights cases filed was only 296. Within the next decade, however, the number of civil rights cases filed in the district courts had risen to 6,133 in 1972, a dramatic percentage increase of 1,972. The only area of civil litigation in the federal courts registering a higher tally in 1972 was the closely related area of prisoner petitions. From the briefest perusal of these startling statistics, it becomes readily apparent that civil rights litigation is not only "here to stay," but indeed occupies a substantial percentage of the federal courts' civil trial calendar across the country
Schirott, James R. and Drew, Sherry K.
"The Vicarious Liability of Public Officials Under the Civil Rights Act,"
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