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Report: Tort Costs At Record $205 Billion The cost of defending and paying liability claims in the United States hit $205 billion in 2001, more than $25 billion over the previous year for a 50-year record, a consulting firm reported.

Tillinghast-Towers Perrins tort cost study, in addition to reporting a 14.3 percent jump, also predicted that costs would increase in a seven-to-11-percent range annually for the next several years.

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