Attorney Results Definitions

Sometimes also known as settlement/stipulation, settlement order, This is often a sign that a lawsuit was filed, then, during the course of the case, the matter was settled. Many settlements are confidential.  Therefore, this can be good or bad for the plaintiff attorney.  It should more likely be deemed a positive than a negative.
A dismissal, or a stipulation of dismissal, can mean one of two things.  First, the plaintiff could have lost the case, either at a motion to dismiss, summary judgement, or during or at the end of the trial. In the alternative, some jurisdictions list cases that settle as a dismissal.  Ultimately, this result varies, but it’s more likely bad than good for the plaintiff attorney.  Dismissals can be voluntary or involuntary.
Judgement for Plaintiff
This means the plaintiff has won and the plaintiff’s attorney has succeeded.  There is not necessarily a mention of damages, but, by and large, this result is a resounding win for plaintiffs’ lawyers.
This can also be referred to as “Verdict” or some combination of the two words.  This does not tell you a great deal about the result in and of itself.  One thing to know – most civil cases do not go to trial. That’s simply the way of the court system.  That doesn’t necessarily mean a lawsuit isn’t filed.  Often, it is.  But most cases do not go to the jury.
Judgement for Defendant
This means the defendant has won and the defendant’s attorney succeeded.  Not good for plaintiff counsel.  Either the case should have been settled or the case was without merit.  It could also mean the court made a mistake, but, other than a potential appeal, a court’s mistake is final.
Change of Venue
This means the case was moved to a different jurisdiction.
Summary Judgement
Usually not good for the plaintiff.  This generally means a defense win.  One party asked for the court to make a judgement before trial, and the court did.
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