Two months ago, Lex Machina  launched an analytics module for the New York County Supreme Court, one of  the most important commercial litigation jurisdictions in the United States.

Today Lex Machina is announcing the completion of coverage for all five New York City counties (contiguous with the 5 New York City Boroughs).

  • New York County Supreme Court (Manhattan) released on September 29th
  • Kings County Supreme Court (Brooklyn) released on October 27th
  • Queens County Supreme Court (Queens) released on November 24th
  • Richmond County Supreme Court (Staten Island) released on December 8th
  • Bronx Supreme Court (the Bronx) released on December 8th

All of the New York City county courts  handle civil litigation involving contracts, torts, tax, and commercial matters. Legal Analytics are now available for any Supreme Court civil trial case filed in any of the five boroughs of New York City offering data on over half a million cases.

Like other Lex Machina modules, the New York City courts module provides the standard Lex Machina “data-driven insights about judges, law firms, individual attorneys, and parties in state courts.” The New York City modules incorporate notable features such as filters for pre- and post-RJI case status and a class action tag.

The press release highlights some insights and trends identified in cases filed between January 1, 2016 and December 7, 2020:

  • Total amount of damages awarded at trial, including attorneys’ fees, was $816,856,764
  • 520 cases resulted in a jury verdict ruling
  • In 2019, the total number of cases filed was 98,963
  • In New York County Supreme Court, the median time to trial (for 276 cases) was 974 days compared to Kings County Supreme Court, where the median time to trial (for 497 cases) was 1,001 days

Lex Machina plans to continue building out state court analytics over the coming years. Because each state court system presents a unique set of challenges, Lex Machina works with court administrators in each state to understand court systems’ docketing practices in order to create tags and analytics. that reflect the unique aspects of individual courts data infrastructure. Lexis is adding modules  on a court-by-court basis. The process includes downloading millions of state court documents “to ensure that practitioners have access to the most complete, comprehensive, and accurate analytics available.”

“Lex Machina’s achievement in completing coverage for the five boroughs of New York City is critical for our customers,” said Karl Harris, CEO of Lex Machina. “With this release, we are proud to be the only source of comprehensive Legal Analytics for judges, law firms, attorneys, and parties in the five New York City state courts. All five state court modules – totaling nearly half a million cases – leverage Lex Machina’s exclusive natural language processing platform that extracts critical analytics insights from state court documents.”

Lex Machina now offers data for 15 state courts including data from over 2 million court cases filed since January 2016. The state court analytics market is hot and Lex Machina faces fierce competition from large vendors Thomson Reuters Westlaw Edge, Fastcase (DocketAlarm) as well as start ups ( Gavelytics, Trellis, Unicourt). Competition means one thing for law firms – increased innovation and better products.