Legal Trends

Josh Becker Pens Guest Column on Pandemic-Driven Innovation

LawSites Blog recently featured a guest column by Josh Becker, LexisNexis head of legal analytics and chairman of Lex Machina. In his article, Becker discusses the unexpected side effects of the global pandemic, which has driven the legal sector to undergo a “decade’s worth of social and technological innovation” in just a few months. […]

By |2020-09-23T04:12:00+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Analytics Articles, Legal Trends|

Lex Machina Releases its 2020 Insurance Report

Lex Machina’s 2020 Insurance Report looks at trends and insights in federal district court litigation. The first section of the report features Federal District Court data from 2010 to 2019, with a focus on the last five years. The second section of the report focuses on March through June of 2020 in order to examine the impact of COVID-19 on insurance litigation.

Impacts of COVID-19:

  • Lex Machina is tracking cases caused by the COVID-19 crisis by tagging cases in the system with a COVID-19 tag. […]
By |2020-09-22T17:36:17+00:00September 22nd, 2020|COVID-19, Legal Trends|

Karl Harris Interviewed in Discussion on the Increasing Necessity of Legal Analytics

A recent article in TechLaw Crossroads highlights the skyrocketing importance of legal analytics in the practice of law. In posing the question, “Is It Malpractice to Not Use Legal Analytics?”, TechLaw dissects the results from the third annual Legal Analytics Survey by LexisNexis. […]

By |2020-09-14T16:45:55+00:00September 14th, 2020|Analytics Articles, Legal Trends|

PTAB Activity During COVID-19

As part of our ongoing work to track the impact of COVID-19 on litigation, Lex Machina surveyed new petitions filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) that challenged patentability of claims in issued patents. We also reviewed recent PTAB trial activity to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown has impacted this administrative law body.

Here is a summary of our findings:

  1. New petition filings are trending upwards. The number of new PTAB petitions increased in May, June, and July 2020 compared to […]
By |2020-08-12T21:02:41+00:00August 6th, 2020|COVID-19, Legal Trends|

Continuing to Track New Litigation Caused By COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has caused businesses and individuals to face unexpected social and economic consequences, including disputes caused by COVID-19. Lex Machina is tracking disputes that have made their way into court. Previously, we tracked new litigation caused by COVID-19 for federal district court cases filed March 1 through May 2, 2020 and observed the following trends:

  1. COVID-19 case filings were trending upward.
  2. Contracts and insurance, followed by employment, were the leading practice areas with COVID-19 keyword matches.
  3. Contracts, insurance, and employment were the leading practice areas with confirmed […]
By |2020-07-23T17:31:42+00:00July 16th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|

The Impact of the Pandemic Shutdown on New Case Filings in State Courts

The COVID-19 pandemic halted non-essential social and economic activities including the day-to-day operation of courthouses. During the shutdown, courts adopted special guidelines for providing essential legal services (e.g., bond hearings, temporary restraining orders). Some courts encouraged the use of electronic filings while others emphasized physical dropboxes. Lex Machina surveyed its current state civil trial court modules to examine how the pandemic shutdown impacted new case filings in state courts, which handle a tremendous volume and breadth of matters.

Our survey of new case filings in nine state courts during April and […]

By |2020-08-16T21:01:19+00:00June 25th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|

April 2020 Summary: Ongoing Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Litigation Activity in Federal District Court

Lex Machina continues to explore how courts are affected by the social changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our analysis of court activity through March and the first two weeks of April in 2020 compared to the previous two years revealed the following:

    1. Case filings have not yet been significantly impacted year-over-year, though the overall total remains slightly down in 2020 compared to previous years.
    2. Case activity is down in 2020 compared to 2018 and 2019.
    3. COVID-19 is showing up in 2020 court records mainly due […]
By |2020-07-23T17:32:04+00:00May 26th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|

Tracking New Litigation Caused By COVID-19

The social and economic changes due to the COVID-19 crisis are affecting the business and practice of law. In federal district court, we have seen a slowdown in court activity, but not in case filings. In this blog post, we investigate situations in which COVID-19 social and economic changes may be the driving forces behind new case filings.

Here is a summary of the trends that we’ve observed so far:

  1. COVID-19 Case Filings are Trending Upward. New cases with complaints citing COVID-19 are increasing week-over-week since March 1, including 110% […]
By |2020-07-23T17:32:12+00:00May 11th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|

April Two-Week Update: Ongoing Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Litigation Activity in Federal District Court

Lex Machina continues to explore how courts are affected by the social changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our analysis of court activity in March revealed the following:

  1. Case filings have not yet been significantly impacted year-over-year.
  2. Case activity is down.
  3. COVID-19 is showing up in court records mainly due to general orders regarding procedural changes.

To understand whether these trends continue, we compared court activity for the first two weeks of April 2018, 2019, and 2020. Our analysis of court activity in April revealed the following:

  1. The trend […]
By |2020-07-23T17:32:21+00:00April 25th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|

Ongoing Impacts of the Coronavirus on Litigation Activity in Federal District Court

As part of our mission to bring openness and transparency to the law, Lex Machina is exploring how courts are affected by the social changes due to COVID-19. Our work requires us to review what is going on in federal district court every day, and we’d like to share our findings publicly. So, do we see the impact in the data? In terms of the effects of COVID-19 on litigation, it may still be too early to see significant changes in litigation activity, and there’s a lot we don’t yet […]

By |2020-07-23T17:37:12+00:00April 7th, 2020|Analytics Articles, COVID-19, Legal Trends|