Trellis Blog - Legal Analytics

A Closer Look at CCP 170.6 Peremptory Challenges in California

Aug 13, 2019 11:04:00 AM / by Caitlin posted in legal analytics, Superior Court, wrongful termination, judge analysis, state court, los angeles, 170.6

  (Visit here for my first look at 170.6.) Everyone knows that a lawyer must understand the legal thresholds applicable to their cases. However, it is just as important that a lawyer understands their judge—their background, their preferences, their tendencies. This is the information through which a lawyer can map an effective litigation strategy, a strategy that includes careful consideration of whether or not to “ding” a particular judge, meaning request assignment to a different judge through a CCP 170.6 peremptory challenge.
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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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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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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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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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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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