Litigation practices are still flat. They haven't recovered from the Crash of 2007.
But there was a time when the good times rolled for trial lawyers, both plaintiff and defense. Remember asbestos, tobacco, and lead paint. (The latter is having a rebirth in "People of California v. ARCO.")
As a monument to the days before tort reform, consumer activist, Ralph Nader, has built the Museum of Tort Law. Its signature piece is, reports The Economist, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair. Nader had published that disruptive book about it "Unsafe at Any Speed." The museum is based in his home town of Winsted, Connecticut.
I have a hunch that if the defendants in "People of CA v. ARCO" lose their appeal of the verdict against them, there could be an epidemic of copy-cat lead paint lawsuits and other kinds of public nuisance litigation. The auto and utilities industries would be targets.