Trellis Blog - Legal Analytics

The Federal Judiciary Made $146M+ Off of PACER… a Website that’s Supposed to be Open to the Public

Feb 25, 2019 7:00:16 AM / by Jennifer posted in california, law, research, decisions, federal, lawyers, PACER

President Trump’s national emergency to build the wall isn’t the only wall we’re alarmed about these days. While the rest of the world accelerates toward innovation and increasing levels of openness, transparency, and access to information, the federal judiciary’s electronic records system is hidden behind a paywall. And it’s an exorbitant one at that.

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Independent Contractors vs. Employees: The Dynamex Case

Feb 22, 2019 7:00:47 AM / by Matt posted in california, unions, employers, wrongful termination, business

Over the past twenty years, labor law in California has become increasingly worker-friendly. In response, many businesses have adjusted by reclassifying workers as independent contractors, as opposed to employees. However, the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles reexamined and ultimately rejected the existing judicial standard for distinguishing contractors from employees. The Court introduced a new “ABC” test.

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A New Louisiana Law Could Undo Roe v. Wade and Decades of Choice. Is California next?

Feb 18, 2019 8:00:33 AM / by Jennifer posted in california, abortion, supreme court, precedent, roe v. wade

Between the White House shutdown, the Polar Vortex, and a sad year for Super Bowl commercials, you might have missed that a little case called Roe v. Wade could be overturned very soon. Yes, we do mean Roe v. Wade: the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion and empowered women’s right to choose nationwide.

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California is Getting Firey: A Look at Some Local Court Decisions Arising out of the California Wildfires

Feb 15, 2019 7:30:24 AM / by Matt posted in law, fire, wildfire, decisions, precedent

The state of California has always suffered from wildfires. However, the scope of the fires in November of 2018 was historical. They destroyed nearly 1.9 million acres of land, caused over $3.5 billion in damages, and cost 104 people their lives. Fires at this scale inevitably lead to a flood of litigation over the amount of money due to private property owners by their insurance companies. However, convincing a court your insurance company owes you more than you were insured for can be tricky.

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New Era for California

Feb 12, 2019 3:05:34 PM / by Anita posted in legislation, law, talent, models, artists

Talent agencies have collaborated with lawmakers to expand California legislation in hopes of protecting its artists and models

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Legal Analytics: California's Law Enforcement Officer Misconduct Litigation

Feb 5, 2019 8:00:54 AM / by nickrishwain posted in prison, legal analytics, litigation, research


Over the past ten years, we've been bombarded with news of law enforcement officer and police officer misconduct.  And it seems, it may be getting worse.

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Research your judge's background

Jan 25, 2019 5:49:50 PM / by davidtrellis posted in litigation, Superior Court, judge bios, judge analysis, state court

Let's say you're planning to file a motion in state court. You'll have to tell your client about the judge, and you'll want to know how to tailor your motion. With Trellis you can get your judge's bio and a statistical breakdown of the judge's rulings.

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Judicial Analytics in California Opioid Litigation

Jan 23, 2019 5:38:09 PM / by nickrishwain posted in california, legal analytics, judge analysis, drugs, addiction


Last year was big! Cities, counties and states began bringing major lawsuits against “Big Pharma” companies for their marketing and distribution of pain killers like Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and their generics and derivatives.

Legal scholars and reporters are comparing opioid litigation to the tobacco litigation of the 1990’s. That means the litigation is just beginning and the lawsuits are going to keep on coming!

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Does Anyone Have Any Intel on My Judge?

Dec 20, 2018 5:05:52 PM / by davidtrellis posted in judge bios, judge analysis

Nicole Clark, CEO of Trellis, tells us how to get info on our judge. Her technique is better than the convention....

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What do cats, dogs, and legal motions have in common?

Dec 20, 2018 12:13:22 PM / by davidtrellis


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