Tort costs dipped 2.7 percent in 2009, but the level is expected to grow over the next two years as the gross domestic product grows, said Towers Watson.

The global professional services company recently released its 2010 Update on U.S. Tort Cost Trends (available at In it, Russ Sutter, Towers Watson consultant and author of the report, said, “The lack of a robust economy contributed to a decrease in the opportunity for tort actions.”

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