Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center saw a record decline in the number of mass tort cases pending on its dockets over the past year, but overall the inventory remains high.

According to numbers recently released by the court, a total of 9,716 cases were pending in the 11 mass tort programs at the First Judicial District as of early January. That number is a 1,268 decline from the 10,984 cases that were on the mass tort dockets at the beginning of 2018.