Since data has penetrated almost every area of the legal industry, legal analysis is in great demand. Lex MachinaThe company is a recognized leader in legal analysis, offering modules for the practice area that provide valuable strategic insights into federal district court claims for many of the most popular legal specialties in the market today.
The latest addition to Lex Machina’s Legal Analytics arsenal is the new Torts module that delivers data Civil lawsuits in the federal district court for tort, including public liability, negligence, bodily harm, defamation, invasion of privacy, willful infliction of emotional stress and medical misconduct.
We recently sat down with Carla Rydholm, Director of Product Management at Lex Machina, to discuss some of the features of the new Torts module and how it can change legal practice for Torts practitioners.
Can you provide background information on why the Torts module was created?
Lex Machina wants to bring legal analysis into all areas of law. This is the latest in a series of modules we’ve created on a variety of topics. Torts is a big record in terms of the total number of cases. It’s also an everyday aspect of doing business – pies are ubiquitous and have a very wide social and economic impact.
Lex Machina is an expert in legal analysis at the Federal District Court. We have been offering our product since 2010 and are now adding a Torts module, knowing we have a large, high-quality dataset on claims and dispositive decisions, as well as excellent data for lawyers, parties, judges and witnesses. The new module is very exciting for us as we can uncover many important trends. We bring data into an area of law that is ripe for analysis and analysis.
What does the Torts module cover? Can you give some examples of how it can be used?
Torts has a large volume of data. There are almost 200,000 cases that cover a variety of situations with the common theme that a party seeks compensation for loss or damage caused by personal injury or damage to reputation. With so much litigation out there Knowing what your prospect has seen before in previous cases or what happened recently can be helpful in educating the case strategy.
The Torts module can be used to get analytics in a number of ways, including conducting party searches, updating the frequency of elements of a specific tort, finding a specific court or judge, finding specific law firms or counsel and Analysis of the damages that are typically awarded in similar cases.
For example, for damages claims, you can focus your analysis of all criminal cases to damages claims leading to a specific court on specific subsets of cases, including liability for premises, motor vehicle, medical misconduct, federal tort law and mass killing cases. As soon as you have identified the relevant awards at the responsible district court, e.g. B. “Pain and Sorrow (Torts)” in the southern borough of New York, you can narrow it down even further according to judgment sources such as jury judgments and filters through the Torts Liability Case Day premises. So you can move from 200,000 criminal cases to just a handful of jury judgments in liability cases in the southern borough of New York with compensation for pain and suffering in seconds. The complete underlying cases are always available for all results.
Damage Awards are just one example. Other common uses of the module are performing party searches, getting information on typical case timing for budgeting purposes, and understanding both your prospects and your competition to get the best pitch for new business.
Can you talk about some of Lex Machina’s apps that might be useful for the Criminal Code?
Apps work very differently than the main module. The idea with apps is that they are an easy way to get an answer to a very specific question. You would use apps when you want to answer pre-curated questions.
We currently have nine apps that work across all of our different areas of activity. For example, Courts & Judges Comparator can be relevant if you are considering broadcasting venues. The Law Firm Comparator can be used either by one of our corporate users to assess law firms or by a law firm that wants data to anchor real-world goals in terms of experience and success rates. Early Case Assessor is a quick way to get a glimpse of a party and their attorney, while Attorney Team Analyzer has a corporate use case when the in-house attorney is trying to understand the difference between different legal teams.
There is also a tenth app, Expert Witness Explorer, which specifically covers product liability and deeds. Here we are expanding our work with experts, starting with these two areas of activity in which experts are particularly important. Having experts is a critical part of litigation strategy to determine whether there has been a violation or what duty the defendant owes the plaintiff, while experts in other areas of activity are more often used to assess damage. With regard to product liability and deeds, liability itself often depends on these expert statements. We have therefore specially developed this app to meet the requirements of these areas. You can see if an expert witness was previously challenged, what the outcome was, or if their testimony was restricted in any way.
How can lawyers make optimal use of the new Torts module?
A key use case is advising clients – talking about case strategy, budgeting, expected case outcomes, and making key case decisions. Having objective, real-world data will definitely anchor your ability to provide informed advice.
We also have a customer base that is more rooted in litigation. Individuals involved in litigation, such as litigation funding, have particular needs for data analysis as they deal with cases that can lead to large claims for damages, and the cases certainly fall into this category.
Finally, we also have customers who use process data to define comprehensive business strategies. With the help of analyzes, they can understand how they have developed financially in the past year and create a very holistic market analysis of current developments. When Lex Machina started it took a long time to explain ourselves what we were doing. Databases are now expected to be in place and to be able to access every case that has ever happened before and evaluate patterns for cases like yours. These customers expect to be able to easily assess everything that has happened in a company or firm. Lex Machina makes it possible. So that’s a big internal use case for us too.
When will the Torts module be open to the public?
We released it to our current customers on June 30th. Our full launch, including a webcast, will be on July 9th.