The home court advantage in international corporate litigation

Utpal Bhattacharya, Neal Galpin, Bruce Haslem

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Using a comprehensive sample of 2,361 public U.S. corporate defendants and 715 public foreign corporate defendants in U.S. federal courts in the period 1995-2000, we find that the market reaction at the announcement of a U.S. federal lawsuit is less negative for U.S. corporate defendants than for foreign corporate defendants. We find that this market reaction is rational; U.S. firms are less likely to lose than are foreign firms when we control for year, industry, type of litigation, size, and profitability. This finding may still reflect a sample selection bias. We control for this bias, and the results remain unchanged. We thus cannot rule out that U.S. firms have a home court advantage in U.S. federal courts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-659
Number of pages35
JournalThe Journal of Law and Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

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