Trellis Blog - Legal Analytics

The Medical Malpractice Crisis: Urban Legend or True Story?

Jul 24, 2019 4:13:28 PM / by Caitlin posted in california, legal analytics, Superior Court, state law, statistics, medical malpractice

  “What’s happening all across this country is that lawyers are filing baseless suits against hospitals and doctors,” began George W. Bush to a room filled with medical professionals and industry allies. “That’s just a plain fact. And they’re doing it for a simple reason. They know the medical liability system is tilted in their favor. Jury awards in medical liability cases have skyrocketed in recent years.” In this story, lawyers and plaintiffs are not the only ones to blame. There is also the civil jury, the panel of peers that always sides with the plaintiff, that always awards excessive damages. But is this the case? Is there really a medical malpractice crisis?
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A Peremptory Challenge: Studying the Lawyers that Study the Judges

Jul 12, 2019 12:58:50 PM / by Caitlin posted in california, judge analysis, state court, los angeles, 170.6

Enacted in 1957, Section 170.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) granted litigants the opportunity to peremptorily disqualify a superior court judge from presiding over their case. This disqualification requires no justification other than a litigant stating that the assigned judge is prejudiced against the attorney, the attorney’s firm, or the attorney’s client. That’s right, no facts are needed to prove any of these allegations. As long as it is timely filed, the disqualification is granted as a matter of right.
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The Most Common Legal Cases in California

Jun 12, 2019 11:02:00 AM / by Tony Depa posted in california, litigation, decisions, motion, state court, statistics

  Statistics are essential when it comes to establishing legal precedent and the likelihood of success in your motions or cases. For this article, we’ve created a list of some of the most popular cases on the Trellis platform.
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Overburdened Dockets: A Comparison of Two Solutions

May 29, 2019 12:28:06 PM / by Caitlin 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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Redefining the Judge and the Jury: Motions for Summary Judgment

May 15, 2019 3:04:00 PM / by Caitlin 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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Judge Analytics: A Closer Look at Our Most Visited Judges

May 1, 2019 12:44:00 PM / by Caitlin 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 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 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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Increase in Elder Abuse Claims in Los Angeles County

Mar 27, 2019 6:46:00 AM / by Caitlin 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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California Tightens its Grip on Ridesharing Laws

Mar 25, 2019 3:15:49 PM / by Anita posted in california, uber, lyft, ridesharing, legislation, California Utilities Public Commission, CUPC, law

The California Utilities Public Commission (CUPC) regulates privately owned public utilities in the state of California. On September 19, 2013, California became the first state to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC), such as Uber Technologies and Lyft. In 2017, the CUPC reinforced the use of criminal national background checks for prospective drivers to ensure consumer safety. A TNC driver is to undergo a background check prior to being hired and the TNC is required to repeat this process at least once a year.
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