Legal Analytics for Environmental Litigation

Lex Machina’s award-winning Legal Analytics platform is now available for environmental litigation in federal courts, enabling attorneys and companies to make data-driven decisions about disputes over environmental regulation under any federal statute.

Within a few clicks, you can extract customizable litigation data to better assess environmental risks and liabilities that stem from regulated activities, and gain critical insights into environmental specific damages and remedies in order to craft winning settlement strategies. Whether you want to know at what stage a judge will rule on the issue of standing, or how often a claimant will win on summary judgment for CERCLA liability, legal analytics can provide quantified insights into the behavior of district court judges, opposing parties, and opposing counsel to gain a competitive advantage in Environmental litigation.

Our case set includes the multidistrict litigation associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and cases brought under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and more.

Environmental Litigation case filings summary

Use Cases

Lex Machina helps you answer questions such as:

  • How many cases over the past year awarded Civil Money Penalties under the Clean Air Act?
  • How long does it take a judge to rule on the issue of standing in cases asserting Clean Water Act violations in a particular district – and compared to another district?
  • Which law firms have the most experience representing plaintiffs in NEPA cases in federal court?
  • What remedies are available in cases asserting RCRA violations and how often are those remedies awarded?
  • What are your chances of success with a motion for summary judgment in a CERCLA case?

Case Tags

Environmental Case Tags include 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).

Damages Categories

Our data includes the following damages categories: CERCLA Cost Recovery / Contribution, Natural Resource Damages / Assessment Costs, Civil Money Penalties, Environmental Project / Mitigation Fund, and Punitive Damages.

Environmental Litigation district case filings
Environmental Findings by Judgement Event

Environmental Findings

CERCLA Liability, Clean Water Act Violation, Clean Air Act Violation, Endangered Species Act Violation, NEPA Violation, RCRA Violation, SDWA
Violation, Other Environmental Violation, Preemption of State Law, Statute of Limitations Defense, Standing, Diligent Prosecution Defense, Noncompliant Notice Defense, CERCLA Third Party / Landowner Defense.


Environmental Remedies: Compliance / Remediation Plan, Administrative Remand, and Security Bond / Performance Guarantee.

Other Remedies: Granted and Denied Permanent Injunction, Preliminary Injunction, and Temporary Restraining Order.

How Can You Apply Legal Analytics?

Set litigation strategy: What are your chances of success with a motion for summary judgment in a Clean Water Act case; how often, and how long does it take the federal government to settle cases involving environmental disputes; what arguments have been successful in making claims for lack of standing in citizen suits; what strategies work when making, or defending, a claim for civil money penalties?

Venue and judicial analysis: Litigation relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is concentrated in the Eastern District of Louisiana and presided over by Judge Carl J. Barbier. However, different venues or judges will have different levels of familiarity with certain types of environmental claims.

Competitive intelligence: Evaluate your opposing counsel, including their prior cases, to see their typical playbook, anticipate their motion and case strategies, and then set the best course of action based on your analysis of their trial, settlement and motion strategy. Are they real fighters or imposters?

Early case assessment: Determine in two clicks the threat level, how long a case may take, and what the likely outcome is. Find out which lawyers and law firms are experienced in the first stages of environmental litigation, and which lawyers have taken a case all the way to trial.

Industry trending: Gain insights into environmental trends, damage awards, timing and settlement patterns in environmental litigation or among a select group of peers or competitors. In one click, see the law firms with the most experience in environmental litigation and perform spot-checks for conflicts.

Select or evaluate your outside counsel: Compare the performance of select law firms in geographic areas, in areas of expertise, or before certain judges. Find the best counsel for your case, even if they aren’t in your sights, based on factors important to you and your case.