Legal Analytics for Civil Rights

Lex Machina is currently working on its Civil Rights practice area and will be adding more case types. Right now, the scope of the Civil Rights practice area covers only police misconduct as described below.

Police Misconduct

Lex Machina’s Legal Analytics for Police Misconduct provides valuable data-driven insights and trends in police misconduct case timing, resolutions, damages, remedies, and findings. Our case set includes cases alleging a violation of the plaintiff’s civil rights by one of the following:

  • a law enforcement officer acting under color of law
  • a political subdivision (e.g., the city, township, or county) employing that officer
  • a supervisory official responsible for the law enforcement officer who violated plaintiff’s rights

Use Cases

Lex Machina helps you answer questions such as:

  • Which cases had the highest amounts of punitive damages awarded in the last year? What were the specific amounts and what happened in those cases?
  • Which law firms have the most experience representing defendants in police misconduct cases in federal court?
  • Has my judge ever ruled on Monell liability? If so, how did they rule and at what stage of litigation?
  • How many police misconduct cases resolved at trial and how often did claimants win?
  • What is the median time to termination for police misconduct cases in the Southern District of New York?
Case filings

Damages Categories

Our data includes the following damages categories: General Compensatory Damages, Punitive Damages, Nominal Damages.

Police Misconduct Findings

Violation Findings: Due Process Violation, Equal Protection Violation, First Amendment Speech or Assembly Violation, Excessive Force Violation, Failure to Intervene Violation, Police Malicious Prosecution Violation, Search and Seizure Violation, Monell Liability, State Law Tort Liability.

Defense Findings: Quality Immunity Defense, State Law Immunity Defense, Time-Barred Defense.


Granted and Denied Permanent Injunction, Preliminary Injunction, and Temporary Restraining Order