The Lex Machina team is excited about the launch of our Environmental Litigation module. This module covers cases involving a dispute over regulation of the environment under any federal statute. These are cases about ways that humans interact with nature, such as statutes concerning pollution, the use of natural resources, and protection of forests, rivers, coastal wetlands, plants and animals.

The module provides detailed data and analytics on over 14,700 environmental cases pending in federal district court since 2009, including thousands of multi-district litigation cases involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In total, more than $22 billion in damages have been awarded in environmental litigation cases over the last decade.

Environmental Damages report

Environmental litigation data includes:

  • Case Tags – Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act), NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) and RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
  • Findings – Clean Air Act Violation, Clean Water Act Violation, Endangered Species Act Violation, CERCLA Liability, CERCLA Third Party/Landowner Defense, NEPA Violation, RCRA Violation, SDWA Violation, Preemption of State Law, Statute of Limitations Defense, Standing, Diligent Prosecution Defense, Noncompliant Notice Defense, and Other Environmental Violation
  • Remedies – Compliance/Remediation Plan, Administrative Remand, and Security Bond/Performance Guarantee
  • Damages – CERCLA Cost Recovery/Contribution, Natural Resource Damages/Assessment Costs, Civil Money Penalties, Environmental Project/Mitigation Fund, and Punitive Damages

Environmental litigation data helps lawyers on both sides make better strategic and tactical decisions during litigation. From detailed metrics on motions practice, to case timing and budgeting, legal analytics can provide an edge over the competition.

To find out more information, join us for a webcast, “How to Gain a Competitive Edge in Environmental Law with Legal Analytics” on June 11 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  Carla Rydholm, director of product development at Lex Machina, will moderate a webcast featuring Deborah Sivas, Professor of Environmental Law at Stanford, and Michael C. Davis, Partner at Venable.

To register for the webcast, please click here.