The nutty Pacific Research Institute just came out with its latest goofy survey of the tort liability situation in these United States, the "U.S. Tort Liability Index: 2008 Report".
One may gauge the seriousness of the report by how it classifies states — as "saints", "sinners", "salvageable", and "suckers". Also by its referring to litigation as "lawsuit ‘Whack-a-Mole’".
Blawgletter reviewed last year’s version in "Does Tort Litigation Kill People?", which pretty well captures the new one too.
PRI’s answer to the question about a connection between lawsuits the deaths? Why, yes. Yes, the very act of litigating a tort claim does cause homicide.