United States: How Often Do Governmental Entities Win Their Civil Appeals (Part 2)? (Illinois Supreme Court Review)

The other day, we started looking at governmental entities’ won-loss record in civil cases by area of law. Remarkably, governmental entities had considerably more difficulty in the federal government and administrative law cases than they performed in the previous 7 years. In 1997, governmental entities win 2 thirds of their tort cases and 2 thirds of their constitutional law cases. Governmental entities won among their 2 cases in federal government and administrative law. Governmental entities lost their single cases in civil treatment, work, and insurance. In 1998, governmental entities won all 6 of their cases in constitutional law, all 5 of their federal government and administrative law cases, and their only tort case. Governmental entities won 2 of 3 civil treatment cases but got locked out in tax and work law. In 1999, the federal government won its only case in civil treatment, both its constitutional law cases and its one case in property law. The federal government won 2 of its 3 cases in federal government and administrative law and lost its only tort case. In 2000, the federal government won both its employee’s settlement cases and its only constitutional law case but lost single cases in federal government and administrative law, tax and work law.

In 2001, the federal government won its only tort case, eighty percent of its federal government and administrative law cases, 2 thirds of its constitutional law cases, and among its 2 civil treatment cases– the very first year (and just 2nd total) that the federal government prevented getting zeroed out in any area of law.

In 2002, governmental entities won 2 constitutional law cases, and their sole cases in tort law, work law and property law. The federal government won just one of 5 cases occurring in federal government and administrative law. The court lost its only civil treatment case. In 2003, the federal government won its one case in civil treatment and one case in tax law. The federal government won among its 2 cases in constitutional law and among its 3 cases in federal government and administrative law.