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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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Motions to Dismiss: A Loosely Defined Power

May 23, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Caitlin 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

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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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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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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Finding State Law Decisions on Trellis

Dec 7, 2018 11:10:48 AM / by epottenger posted in lawsuit, decisions, search, rulings, state court, state law

This quick guide will help you understand how to approach your online research regarding state law decisions. The case-finding tools on Trellis give you a variety of methods to find relevant cases. On the Home Page, you will find a search bar where you can search over 3,000,000 records. Also on the Home Page, under “Browse Trellis by Topic” you have the option to search by Dockets, Judges, Counties, or Parties.
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