It looks like there will be increased litigation due to tightened U.S. government relations. The 2010 Fulbright Jaworski L.L.P. Litigation Trends Survey found that among companies of all sizes, many expect an increase in legal disputes. According to the study, 93% of U.S. and 97% of U.K. respondents expect the number of legal disputes to increase or remain the same in 2011.
According to the study, the data going back the past five years supports the respondents expectations: litigation filings declined in 2006 and 2007 according to respondents, but steadily rose in 2008 and 2009. The trend of increased litigation continued in 2010.