Lex Machina is proud to release its 2021 Securities Litigation Report, which examines securities litigation trends in federal district court. This report focuses on the three-year period from 2018 to 2020 and includes analysis of emerging trends, including cryptocurrency cases and the impact of COVID-19.
Lex Machina’s analysis of employment litigation in federal district courts revealed an increase in employment cases caused by COVID-19 (“COVID Employment Cases”) during November to December of 2020. There was a significant increase in the number of total employment cases filed in federal district courts in November and December of 2020 compared to the same months in 2019 and 2018.
As COVID-19 continues to affect so many aspects of life, disputes caused by COVID-19 have increased and evolved. Lex Machina is tracking cases that have been filed due to the coronavirus health crisis or related societal changes. Previously, we tracked new litigation caused by COVID-19 for federal district court cases filed March 1 through May 2, 2020 and provided an update looking at March 1 through July 4, 2020.
The social and economic changes due to the COVID-19 crisis are affecting the business and practice of law. In federal district court, we have seen a slowdown in court activity, but not in case filings. In this blog post, we investigate situations in which COVID-19 social and economic changes may be the driving forces behind new case filings.
Lex Machina continues to explore how courts are affected by the social changes due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Our analysis of court activity in March revealed the following:
* Case filings have not yet been significantly impacted year-over-year.
* Case activity is down.
* COVID-19 is showing up in court records mainly due to general orders regarding procedural changes.