Lex Machina Releases 2020 Torts Litigation Report

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MENLO PARK, CA., 19th November 2020 / PRNewswire / – Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, today publishes its first Torts Litigation Report, which explores trends and intelligence in federal district courts. The report includes analysis of files, districts, judges, parties, law firms, and more. Lex Machina developed several case labels for its Torts module: Federal Tort Claims Act, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle, and Premises Liability. Additionally, there are four tags that you can use to filter cases of mass experiments: Mass Kill: Deepwater Horizon, Mass Kill: Doe Run, Mass Kill: DuPont C-8, and Mass Kill: World Trade Center.

“If we look at the data, we can clearly see the impact of mass disputes on analytics,” he said Anne Wise MayLex Machina’s expert in legal data. “We developed case tags to isolate specific cases of bulk cakes and examine trends within or without bulk cakes.”

Report highlights

  • From January 2018 By 2019, cases increased in the second quarter. The number of cases submitted then decreased quarterly until there was a slight increase in the final quarter of 2020, Q3.
  • Of the 173 cases caused by COVID-19 that were filed by Q3 2020, most are negligence cases against cruise lines.
  • The uppermost district over the past five years with 7,796 cases was the eastern district of Louisiana, which handles the mass disputes in Deepwater Horizon
  • The top plaintiffs’ firm was Nations, a 5,166 law firm representing plaintiffs in Deepwater Horizon-related cases. The law firm of the top defendants was the Department of Justice, which represents government organizations in claims against them. Most of the DOJ’s cases had claims under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA).
  • With the exception of weapons of mass destruction cases, three of the top five defendants were retail stores with a large number of premises liability cases. There have also been large numbers of medical / pharmaceutical accused due to medical misconduct litigation.
  • The courts found that there was no negligence almost four times as likely and nearly three quarters of the negligence results were found on a summary judgment.
  • In cases that ended from 2015 to 2019, punitive damages and pain and suffering were awarded the most $ 1.8 billion and $ 1.4 billion respectively.

Register for a copy of the report.

2020 Torts Litigation Report Webcast

Lex Machina will host a webcast to discuss the report 19th November 2020 at the Noon AND/.9 a.m. PT with report author Anne Wise May and Christina L. Capobianco, Partner at Goldberg Segalla. Register for the event or watch a recording.

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics that help clients improve productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and improve the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to put legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves clients in more than 150 countries with 10,600 employees worldwide, is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analysis and decision-making tools for professional and business clients.

About Lex Machina

Now celebrating the 10th anniversary of Legal Analytics, the Lex Machina platform is fundamentally transforming the way companies and law firms compete in business and legal practice. The company provides strategic insights into judges, attorneys, law firms, parties, and other critical information in 16 federal territories and select state courts. Lex Machina enables law firms and corporations to predict the behavior and outcomes of various legal strategies to win cases and close deals.

Legal Analytics was named “Best Decision Management Solution” (AI Breakthrough Awards, 2019) and “Disruptor of the Year” (Changing Lawyer Awards, 2019). Lex Machina is based in Silicon Valley and is part of LexisNexis, a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analysis. More information is available at www.lexmachina.com.

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