Today Docket Alarm by Fastcase is announcing some major new features including pleading/motion grant analytics and visual timelines. These new features are powered by the Judicata ‘s AI technology to enhance Docket Alarm’s native document repository with pleading tags and the tags from the SALI Open Data Standards. The press release boldly described the new features are marking the “end of it depends.” They are presumably referring to one of the standard waffling responses lawyers are forced to give clients when they are asked to predict the timing and outcomes of motions.
I knew something interesting was bound to come from the Fastcase acquisition of Judicata in 2020. Judicata was a truly visionary platform invented by Itai Gurari and driven by the bold vision of mapping the “legal genome.” Judicata once published a survey “grading” the quality of briefs submitted by leading California law firms. You just gotta’ love geeky lawyers who are always pushing the envelope.
The practical impact is that the upgrades will provide insights on both he likelihood of winning a motion and time to motion grant across all federal courts.
I talked with Damien Riehl, VP, Litigation Workflow and Analytics Content who provided walkthrough of the product.
The new features allow lawyers to can interactively generate the odds of winning a motion in all federal courts, in a specific court, before specific judge, or a specific matter. Timelines for motion grant or denial can also be generated for courts and judges for specific matter types. Riehl stated that feedback from customers indicated “that Docket Alarm’s API is far more powerful than our competitors, permitting Docket Alarm users to create more-complex and more-useful queries.”
Split decisions. One of the features I like most is seeing how they attack the gnarly problem of split decisions. Where there is a partial grant. The outcome of a motion is signaled by color: grant is green, denial is red and partial is orange..
Enhancing Nature of Suit. It is well known that there are limitations in the federal nature of suit (NOS) codes. DocketAlarm is overcoming these limitations by including the 10,000 SALI data points. According to Riehl, an API query results in 99% precision. They are still working on optimized their recall precision. This is in the roadmap for 2022.
Fastcase has always embraced a “have it your way philosophy” and APIs are designed to deliver exportable, embeddable and filterable data points. Analytics can be displayed as interactive graphs histograms and tables.
The details of the new features are outlined in the press release:
- The new analytics package encompasses more than 11 million “Pleading Tags” across the Federal Judiciary, helping data-driven litigators answer questions such as “How likely is my motion to be granted?” “How long will it take?” “How are the chances different compared to a different district or with a different judge?” Analytics are exportable, embeddable, and filterable by case type, jurisdiction, judge, party and more. Analytics are displayed as interactive graphs, histograms, and tables.
- Accompanying analytics include new search-by-motion and search-by-outcome features, allowing attorneys to quickly find high quality winning motions selected from a list of over 200 hand-picked Pleading Tags, filtered by jurisdiction, case type, and judge. Litigators can now easily discover and find winning motions with the same claims, judges, and parties.
- The case timeline tool quickly and intuitively summarizes and filters cases into an interactive timeline display. This barrier-breaking visualization makes the review of litigation dockets less time-consuming, especially for complex cases with hundreds or thousands of docket entries. Docket Alarm’s timeline distills complex cases into a visualization of the most important litigation events, with integrated search and analytics tools.
Attendees at Legalweek can see an exclusive preview and learn more about the new features by visiting the Fastcase-Docket Alarm booth in the exhibit hall or by visiting https://go.fastcase.com/Beyondresearch.