Docket Diving: Strategic Uses Of Online Docket Info

Law360, New York (April 18, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT) -- As part of its confidential settlement statement, a well-known law firm submitted to the mediator (and opposing counsel), a list of the large monetary verdicts it had achieved for its clients in prior lawsuits. The intent? Perhaps, to impress its current client. Perhaps, to intimidate opposing counsel. Obviously, to force a large settlement.

But the defense firm on the receiving end of the statement did its research — through dockets. That research revealed numerous “qualifications” to the claimed large verdicts. For instance, some of the verdicts...
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