With Philadelphia, one of the most active trial jurisdictions in the United States, well into its ninth month without seeing a civil jury seated, attorneys are saying that, with few exceptions, high-dollar personal injury cases are not settling.

That’s according to several plaintiffs and defense attorneys who have talked with The Legal over the last six weeks. Without the looming threat of trial motivating both sides to come together with a settlement agreement, those lawyers said negotiations in the highest value cases on their dockets have largely ground to a halt.

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