Information reported includes the types of cases, types of plaintiffs and defendants, trial winners, amount of damages awarded, and case processing time. Overall, plaintiffs won in 62 percent of contract trial cases and were awarded over $900 million in compensatory and punitive damages. This report updates Contract Cases in Large Counties: Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 1992. Highlights include the following: In 1998, an estimated 4,850 contract cases were disposed of by trial in State courts in the Nation’s 75 largest counties. Sixty-one percent of contract cases were decided by a judge and 36 percent by a jury. The most common type of contract trial case involved an individual suing a business (34 percent), followed by a nonindividual (an organization) suing a business (26 percent). In 18 percent of the contract cases an individual sued another individual. Plaintiffs were seeking payment owed to them (seller plaintiff) in over half the contract lawsuits brought by construction companies (71 percent), banks (68 percent), sellers of goods (58 percent), sellers of services (54 percent), and manufacturers (53 percent).