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|

ERISA Litigation Report

Lex Machina is excited to release its first ERISA Litigation Report. This report highlights data-driven trends and insights to help practitioners quickly analyze and strategize in this particular area of the law. The report focuses on the three-year time period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018 to showcase recent trends in U.S. District Court. Additionally, this report focuses on Claim Denial and Delinquent Contribution claims.

Highlights include:

  • ERISA case filings declined from nearly 9,000 cases to about 6,600 cases from 2010 […]
By |2019-05-30T20:48:50+00:00May 30th, 2019|Legal Trends, Reports|

Contracts Litigation Report

Lex Machina is excited to release its first Contracts Litigation Report. In 2018, Lex Machina replaced and expanded its Commercial module to include non-commercial cases, including individual, class action, and government lawsuits. Now encompassing over 146,000 U.S. District Court cases from the last decade, Lex Machina’s Contracts Litigation Module represents the most comprehensive and accurate dataset available for analyzing breach of contract claims litigation in the federal courts.

Highlights include:

  • The top jurisdiction for federal contracts litigation case filings from 2016 to 2018 […]
By |2019-05-17T21:59:13+00:00May 12th, 2019|Legal Trends, Reports|

Antitrust Litigation Report

Lex Machina announces the release of its Antitrust Litigation Report. In analyzing over 9,000 Antitrust cases included in Lex Machina’s database, practitioners can gain new information and plan their litigation strategy accordingly. Antitrust litigation is a complex and unique area of law and this analytical review showcases customized insights that supplement traditional research and accumulated experience.

Highlights include:

  • For antitrust cases terminating between 2016 and 2018, the median time to reach summary judgement was 2.5 years, and time to trial was three years. In Contested DOJ/FTC Enforcement cases, the median time […]
By |2019-05-17T21:19:09+00:00April 4th, 2019|Legal Trends, Reports|

Patent Litigation Report

Lex Machina released its annual Patent Litigation Report. This is a comprehensive report with data across the entire Patent module including patent litigation in federal district court and administrative hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). This report also includes Hatch-Waxman/ANDA trends as well as those involving High Volume Plaintiffs (plaintiffs who have filed more than ten cases in a single year).

The Patent Litigation Report analyzes filing trends, key decisions and timing metrics, as well as damages and other data. It shows top […]

By |2019-04-04T23:16:14+00:00January 29th, 2019|Legal Trends, Reports|

TC Heartland, Legal Trends, One Year Later

This is a follow up post to an earlier discussion of the Supreme Court’s venue-altering decision. One year later, it is clear that there is a significant shift in where patent cases are being filed, with many more cases in Delaware since TC Heartland narrowed the rules for venue. Texas, by contrast, has seen a significant drop in filings, but is still a favored arena for some plaintiffs. For the time being, Texas judges continue to have a significant impact on the patent litigation landscape.

By |2018-05-24T00:18:56+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Legal Trends|

Lex Machina Q4 2017 End of the Year Litigation Update

In the final quarter of 2017, a total of 981 patent cases were filed in U.S. District Courts, a 1.3% decrease over the previous quarter’s total of 994 cases.  Cases filed in the calendar year 2017 (4,057 cases) represent a decline of 10.3% over 2016 (with 4,529 cases). Despite the decline, Figure 2 shows that 2017 continues the pattern of relatively consistent monthly totals that has persisted since the dramatic spike in 2015 (caused by the end of Form 18).

By |2018-01-17T18:50:13+00:00January 16th, 2018|Legal Trends|

Patent Litigation Trends in the Three Months after T.C. Heartland

This blog post focuses specifically on patent litigation trends; for a broader discussion of other litigation trends in Q3, see our update here.

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in T.C. Heartland, holding unanimously that, under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) (the statute governing venue in patent suits), a domestic corporation “resides” only in its state of incorporation.

Since that landmark decision, patent case filings trends have responded dramatically:  the number of cases filed in […]

By |2018-01-17T18:38:18+00:00October 18th, 2017|Legal Trends|

Lex Machina Q3 2017 Litigation Update

For a more in-depth consideration of patent litigation trends around the Supreme Court’s landmark T.C. Heartland ruling, see this companion post. 995 patent cases were filed in the third quarter of 2017, a 12.3% decrease from the number of cases filed in last quarter.  A drop from the second to third quarter has occurred in each of the past 4 years.  Relative to the number of cases filed in 2016 through the third quarter, filings in 2017 are down 8.4%.

By |2018-01-17T18:51:29+00:00October 18th, 2017|Announcements, Legal Trends|