Trellis Blog - Legal Analytics

Overburdened Dockets: The California Demurrer

May 29, 2019 12:28:06 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, litigation, supreme court, federal, state court, state law, motion to dismiss, motion for demurrer, demurrer

The United States District Courts adopted the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) in 1938. Drafted in reference to the types of cases most common at the time, these rules were designed to regulate pre-trial pleading and discovery practices. In doing so, they presented three pre-trial mechanisms for undermining a plaintiff’s complaint, one of which is a motion to dismiss—Rule 12(b)(6).
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Motions to Dismiss: A Loosely Defined Power

May 23, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in litigation, judge analysis, state court, state law, motion to dismiss

The California Code of Civil Procedure presents an elaborate statutory scheme through which a defendant can dismiss an action. Broadly stipulated in section 581(b), these provisions concern the logistics of court proceedings. Has the case been abandoned by the plaintiff? Has either party not appeared at trial? Has a plaintiff failed to amend a successfully demurred complaint? Throughout California this code has brought mixed results over the years.
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Redefining the Judge and the Jury: Motions for Summary Judgment in California

May 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, litigation, state court, los angeles, motion for summary judgment

How 3 SCOTUS Decisions Altered the Summary Judgment Landscape in California Courts 1986 was an important year for summary judgment motions. The United States Supreme Court had just issued three decisions about the scope of summary judgments in federal courts, all of which sought to clarify the burdens placed on parties and the standards regarding evidence and proof.
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Using Data To Help You File Better Motions

May 7, 2019 11:56:00 AM / by Tony Depa posted in legal analytics, research, judge bios, judge analysis, state law

 
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Judge Analytics: A Closer Look at Our Most Visited Judges

May 1, 2019 12:44:00 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, decisions, judge bios, judge analysis, state court

Here at Trellis, we have been curious about how our visitors have been using our website. Last week we identified the most visited judge biographies as well as the most visited judge reports. Here is a closer look at our most popular sitting judges, the Hon. Mitchell L. Beckloff and the Hon. David W. Abbott.
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The Most Popular California Judges

Apr 24, 2019 12:55:00 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, supreme court, judge bios, judge analysis

We became curious about the judges who are most interesting to our site-goers, when they are viewed, and how much of the web activity is dedicated to looking up judges. Here are some judge analytics....
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Legal Analytics: Policing as a Source of Revenue, Quotas as a Source of Metrics

Apr 17, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, legal analytics, police

A Monterey Police officer filed a lawsuit against the City of Monterey in California on November 28, 2018. The reason? His superiors had allegedly instituted a quota system, ordering officers to issue a set number of traffic citations each month.
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Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis: Where Are We Now?

Apr 9, 2019 8:12:00 AM / by Anita posted in Superior Court, rulings, state law, los angeles, foreclosure

California Lawmakers Successfully Aim to Undo the Affordable Housing Crises In December 2007, the United States underwent a severe economic downturn known as the Great Recession. The main culprit causing this financial calamity was the subprime mortgage crisis. Subprime mortgages were typically handed out to people with low credit scores and who were struggling with debt.
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In the news...

Mar 28, 2019 11:05:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in news, fundraising, investors, press

 Yesterday, we announced that we raised $2 million! Check out some of our press coverage:
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Increase in Elderly Abuse Claims in Los Angeles County

Mar 27, 2019 6:46:00 AM / by Caitlin Davis posted in california, legal analytics, state court, elder abuse, los angeles

Elder abuse is difficult to measure statistically, as it often remains largely hidden. Abusive acts may be committed in the privacy of someone’s home. It may start with a phone call, a telemarketer offering a get-rich-quick scheme, or it may manifest as more tangible physical and/or emotional abuse by relatives or caretakers. As such, researchers and policy makers lack reliable statistical data, a fact that only adds more complexity to the issue.
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