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I am looking for case-level settlement information (amounts, time it took, etc) for an academic research project. I'm not picky on the specific area of law -- any area would be fine, provided that I can observe the actual settlement amounts, the initial claimed damages, and the timelines.

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  • Virtually every settlement I've heard of keeps the amount confidential, except for at least one case where one side really wanted to make the point that the settlement was for $0.
    – Ryan M
    Jan 23, 2021 at 4:26
  • @RyanM What about cases involving governments -- would they have to disclose settlement amounts?
    – J Li
    Jan 23, 2021 at 4:26
  • Ah, good point. Those are usually public, I think. I was thinking of private litigants.
    – Ryan M
    Jan 23, 2021 at 4:27
  • @RyanM Do you know any source that collects such cases and data? (private, paid sources are good too)
    – J Li
    Jan 23, 2021 at 4:28
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    It looks like there's a bill to be considered by the US Senate that would create such a database, but that doesn't really solve your current problem. It does suggest that a broad database (at least for federal government settlements) doesn't currently exist, though. I don't have much specific information that would be helpful: I'm mostly just searching. I don't know that I'd be much help.
    – Ryan M
    Jan 23, 2021 at 4:33

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Both Westlaw and LexisNexis have large databases of verdicts and settlements, with national coverage.

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There are disclosure databases for medical malpractice settlements, and class action lawsuit settlements. Government lawsuit (against or by the government) settlement usually have to be a matter of public record.

Complete and representative databases of other private party lawsuit settlements are hard to obtain because most settlements make the terms of the settlement and its amount confidential.

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