United States

Enforcing Contracts in

United States

Below is a detailed summary of the efficiency of contract enforcement. It follows the evolution of a sale of goods dispute, tracking the time, cost and number of procedures involved from the moment the plaintiff files the lawsuit until actual payment.

This information was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small- to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies. The most recent round of data collection was completed in June 2014.

This year, Doing Business has collected new data for 162 economies on the overall judicial infrastructure, the level of automation in the court system, the availability of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the availability of case management. The new data is available under the “Methodology Expansion” tab, below. The data are preliminary and do not have any impact on the Ease of Doing Business 2015 rankings. This data may differ from what will be published in Doing Business 2016.

Compare United States to 188 other economies.

Time (days) 420
Cost (% of claim) 30.5
Procedures (number) 33.6
Filing and service ..
Trial and judgment ..
Enforcement of judgment ..


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