Attorneys General Data

Datasets

Attorney General Multistate Lawsuits & Settlements Database, 1980-2013 (Excel)
This dataset contains descriptive information and statistics on resolved AG multistate lawsuits and settlements from 1980 to 2013. Includes information on the defendant(s), AGs involved, type of case, settlement amounts, and a brief description of settlement terms. Also provides statistics on the number of cases resolved each year, industries most frequently involved in multistate settlements, and how often each state has participated in and led multistate lawsuits and settlements. An explanation of how this information was collected and a description of each of the categories included in the file is available here. For more information on data collection, see Nolette, Federalism on Trial (2015), pp. 221-224.

When citing the above lawsuits and settlements data, please use the following citation:
Nolette, Paul. 2015. Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Attorney General Multistate Amicus Briefs Database, 1980-2013 (Excel)
This dataset contains descriptive information and statistics on AG multistate amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court from 1980 to 2013 (excluding original jurisdiction cases). Includes information on the AGs involved (including by party), type of case, federal involvement, and how the case was resolved. Also provides statistics on the number of briefs filed each year, most frequent policy areas attracting AG amicus activity, AG winning percentages, AG coalition sizes, amicus participation by state, and conflicts between states and the federal government. Note that information may be limited for pre-1993 multistate amicus briefs in cases where the Court denied certiorari. An explanation of how this information was collected and a description of each of the categories included in the file is available here. For more information on data collection, see Nolette, “State Litigation during the Obama Administration” (2014), pp. 455-456. and Nolette, Federalism on Trial (2015), pp. 224.

When citing the above amicus briefs data, please use the following citation:
Nolette, Paul. 2014. “State Litigation during the Obama Administration: Diverging Agendas in an Era of Polarized Politics.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44(3): 451-474.

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