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Lexis and Westlaw laid the foundations for today’s online research market in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Their dominance in the legal research arena was challenged on two fronts in the 2010’s. First they were challenged by the emergence of two full service competitors: Bloomberg Law and Fastcase. More surprising was the disruptive impact of the disgruntled, entrepreneur lawyers with a good idea and some venture capital who invented some completely new ways of approaching research and delivering insights.. Spinning Analytics Gold From Dockets. Lexis and WESTLAW were in the docket business for decades but it Lex Machina (now owned by Lexis…
I have been predicting that predictive tools would gain an increasing presence  in the practice of law. The press release from Thomson Reuters about Legislative Insights on Westlaw Edge  carefully skirts the prediction issue by substituting the word “probabilities.” Thomson Reuters deep legislative coverage is about to be turbo charged with technology from Skopos Labs. Thomson Reuters was an early investor in Skopos through their venture capital arm Thomson Reuters Ventures. Legislative Insight is driven by a proprietary machine learning and natural language processing methodology from Skopos leveraging  more than 250 factors to assign a “Probability of Enactment” score…
Is any law firm or company immune from Brexit,  trade law or global privacy  (GDPR) issues? Thomson Reuters is responding to the growth of cross-border legal issues with the launch of the Practical Law Global which allows researchers to browse for foreign law answers by country  or topic.  Jurisdiction-specific resources are written by a prestigious roster of  local experts. Practical Law Global will be available on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Practical Law Global Practical Law Global offers: A seamless navigation between  domestic and global content A new global practice taxonomy Access to Global In-House Resources on the home page Ability to…
Bloomberg Law has announced  launch the Brief Analyzer product which they previewed shrouded in much intrigue during the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting last July. According to the press release the Brief Analyzer reduces the amount of time it takes to analyze a brief by at least 25%, based on feedback from 80% of beta testers. As with all Bloomberg Law enhancements, the Analyzer will be available to all subscribers at no additional charge. The Brief Analyzer can be used to analyze a brief during the drafting process or to expose weaknesses in an adversaries brief. Here…
Legal Analytics is changing the practice and business of law. LexisNexis has released its third annual survey. Bringing Analytics into Focus suggests that firms have reached a tipping point in embracing analytics in the business and practice of law with 90% of users reporting that analytics makes them more efficient and more effective. Here is a link to the full press release. Survey Demographics 77% of the firms listed are listed in the Am Law 200. 70% of the respondents to this survey were attorneysrepresenting over 25 different practice areas. Librarians Deserve Credit.Since 75% of the responded cite an increase of…
Lex Machina is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of new state court analytics modules offering data on more than 870,000 cases. The new modules cover Los Angeles County California (615,000 cases) and Harris District and County court in Texas (combined 255,000 cases). The developers have maintained the look and feel of the Lex Machina federal modules and offer analytics insights into judges, courts, law firms and individual attorneys. The data covers four years of court data starting with January 1, 2016. The Lex Machina state court features:● Searching by judge, law firm, attorney name or party● Timing analytics,…
Please take the 2019-2010 Dewey B Strategic Survey here. Review the 2019 highlights below and tell your colleagues about the best and the worst of 2019 in legal publishing and legal tech. The Highlights 2019 was a relatively quiet launch year in legal technology and publishing.  The year opened with speculation about the impact of layoffs at Thomson Reuters. Mid-year Wolters Kluwer suffered a significant malware  attack  on May 7 but was fully back online within a week. LexisNexis announced the full integration of one of it’s oldest acquisitions. Courtlink which was acquired in 2001 was finally integrated…
Bloomberg Law’s Docket Key offers one of the most advanced docket search features on the market. Docket Key enables researches to not only retrieve a list of docket activities, but to search within that docket  or across the Docket Key repository to identify specific document types (e.g. complaints, briefs and motions.) Bloomberg Law has announced that the feature  has been expanded to  cover all Federal dockets. Docket Key  leverages  machine learning to  classify 20 different categories of filing including motions, complaints, notices, briefs, and orders. Anyone who has done docket research knows the pain of diving into a long list…
Today Thomson Reuters announced the availability of new API’s   ( application program interfaces) that will allow customers to integrate content from Practical Law into their  practice and workflow portals. Litigation analytics from Westlaw Edge will also be available for integration with internal data sets Law firms are in a race to extract and analyze their own data and turbo charge with litigation and deal data, Thomson Reuters move is addressing a growing demand from clients to leverage commercial data for custom insights. “Our customers are continually seeking insights that will help them raise their service for their clients and operate…
I am honored to be speaking at to important upcoming legal technology events in New York City. Legal Tech 2020 and the 2020 Ark Law Library Management conference. Legal Tech 2020 KM:Our Experience You Win Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Location: New York Hilton Speakers Description Over the past years, many US law firms have adopted formal knowledge management programs under the guidance of information and legal research professionals. What previously was mainly technology-driven is now a holistic service bringing together the collective legal experience, innovative legal tech solutions, and streamlined retrieval platforms. Key Takeaways:…
Fastcase is taking on Lexis Nexis Law360 and American Lawyer Media with their relaunch of Law Street Media with a “high tech industry offering”. According to David Nayer, Editor in Chief of Law Street Media, they will focus on “legal news that leads to business.” The strategy will be to focus on emerging legal news by industry  and  offer  readers the ability to track litigation, companies, and firms within industry sectors. According to the press release,  “The first service will cover high tech and will leverage Fastcase’s wealth of real-time docket, litigation, and analytics information to create legal news that…
Gavelytics is starting the New Year with the launch of a new AI enabled platform for business intelligence. Gavelytics which is a pioneer in state court analytics offering  has announced the launch a business center which will provide competitive insights into the litigation history of competing firms and opposing counsel for pitches and  identifying business development opportunities.  The press release reprinted below described the new feature  as merging judicial and motion practice technologies with trial court analytics about law firms and litigants. The platform provides insights into litigation histories, docket data and access to litigation documents. The Business Intelligence center …
Looking back on 2019. It was a year of product launches, re-brands and realignments.  Here are the most popular posts of 2019 followed by a list of the most read posts from earlier years. Happy New Year! Terminal Outrage: Results of the 2018-19 Dewey B Strategic Hits and Misses Survey Breaking News Wolters Kluwer Malware Attack – Research Platforms Offline For Now Bloomberg Law Returns to Predictable Pricing Model Enhances Customer Cost Management Thomson Reuters Panoramic New Platform Integrates The Practice and Business of Law Thomson Reuters Launches Westlaw Edge Quick Check Raising the Bar for Citation Insights Thomson Reuters
By my recollection State Net is one of the oldest surviving legal research and legislative tracking systems. State Net collected and coded and normalized data about the activities of 50 state legislatures back in the dial up  days of modems with acoustic couplers. They thrived long enough to be acquired by Lexis Nexis in 2010. Over the years the system expanded to cover regulations from all 50 states. The latest challenge is addressing the growth in important local legislation. State Net now tracks  laws introduced in over 300 major cities and counties around the country. Daniel Lewis, founder of Ravel…
Gavelytics a high tech legal analytics company focused on state court analytics announced today that their analytics platform had been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Patent no. 10,452,734     for “Data Visualization Platform for Use in a Network Environment”  covers Gavelytics’ invention of a unique way to parse, visualize and display data surrounding reassignment motions and similar filings, to compare such motions among a number of judges, and to predict which new judge will be assigned after a reassignment motion is granted. Here is the full Press Release: Gavelytics Secures Patent for Judicial Analytics Platform…
Thanks to the International Legal Technology Association for inviting me to present a webinar on the use of analytics to manage licenses and spending.Digital Resources Analytics: Determining the Right Mix of Resources for Your Firm   Date : Thursday, December 12th from 11:00am-11:30am ET. Format: 30 minute webinar. Description: Thanks to high renewal costs, licensing models that require firms to buy more seats than they need, and the growing number of specialty databases and newsletters that do that one thing better than competitors, law firm library budgets are very hard to control.  Using a combination of custom built and third party tools, one firm…