Legal Research and Knowledge Management

Once upon a time, in a magical city called San Francisco, three former lawyers came together to develop an innovative legal research platform, as an alternative to traditional legal research services such as Thomson Reuters Westlaw and LexisNexis. They called their new company Casetext. 

Their original idea was to create a free, comprehensive library of primary legal research materials, supplemented
Continue Reading The $650M Casetext Story: Coloring Book Edition

Thomson Reuters today delivered on its promise to integrate generative AI within its flagship legal research platform, introducing AI Assisted Research in Westlaw Precision, available immediately to all U.S. Precision customers at no extra cost.
It also previewed its coming integration of Casetext CoCounsel as an AI legal assistant across multiple TR products, including Westlaw Precision, Practical Law, Document Intelligence,
Continue Reading Major Thomson Reuters News: Westlaw Gets Generative AI Research Plus Integration with Casetext CoCounsel; Gen AI Coming Soon to Practical Law

Thomson Reuters said today that it will unveil generative AI enhancements to its flagship legal research product Westlaw Precision on Nov. 15 that will build on its $650 million acquisition of Casetext last June.
TR said it is taking a “best of” approach to product development, leveraging Casetext to accelerate the time for bringing its product to market, while also
Continue Reading Thomson Reuters Teases Generative AI Updates to Westlaw Precision Coming Nov. 15

As the 2024 budget planning season ramps up, we all look to both internal and external intelligence to support renewal, cancellation and acquisition decisions.

In August many of my readers participated in the annual Start/Stop survey which was open during the month of August 2023. I partnered with Harbor to conduct the survey and present the results On Thursday, September
Continue Reading The 2023 Start/Stop Survey: CoCounsel Best New Product, Analytics Segment Shakeout.

When the legal research companies vLex and Fastcase announced their merger in April, they promised the deal would fuel new opportunities for the development of generative AI for legal research. By creating the world’s largest global legal research library, spanning more than 1 billion documents from more than 110 countries, they said, they would have the legal industry’s ultimate
Continue Reading vLex (Fastcase) Unveils Beta Version Of Its Global, Multi-Language Generative AI Legal Research Tool

Today vLex  is announcing a suite of AI tools in its research assistant platform Vincent AI. Since the merger with Fastcase in 2023, vLex has offered the “world’s most comprehensive AI legal research platform.”  vLex has launched an invitation-only beta which includes a suite of large language model (LLM) tools. The beta will be offered to additional users
Continue Reading vLex Launches First Global AI Legal Assistant: Vincent AI for Research and Drafting

It has been a while since I have written about the copyright lawsuit by legal research giant Thomson Reuters against the no-shuttered legal research startup Ross Intelligence, in which TR alleges that Ross stole copyright content from Westlaw to build its own completing legal research product.
But today, the judge overseeing the case, 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
Continue Reading Breaking: Judge Rules Ross Intelligence Copied Westlaw’s Headnotes, But Leaves for Jury to Decide if It Violated Thomson Reuters’ Copyright

eDiscovery Assistant, a legal research platform for e-discovery case law and resources, is today introducing AI-generated case law summaries.
The feature uses ChatGPT to deliver one-paragraph summaries of court decisions, with the goal of enabling legal professionals to more quickly gauge the relevance and implications of a decision.
“By incorporating AI-generated summaries, we’re providing our users with immediate insights,
Continue Reading eDiscovery Assistant, Legal Research Platform for E-Discovery, Adds AI-Generated Case Law Summaries

Two litigation-focused Canadian legal technology companies, CiteRight and Jurisage, have merged, combining CiteRight’s litigation drafting program with Jurisage’s AI technology to create an integrated legal research and drafting solution.
Had you listened to my LawNext podcast last week, you would have already known this, as I interviewed CiteRight cofounder Ariel Nacson and Jurisage founder and CEO Colin Lachance
Continue Reading Two Canadian Legal Tech Companies, CiteRight and Jurisage, Merge to Power Litigation Research and Drafting

It has been the legal story of the summer. In June, Thomson Reuters announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the legal research and AI company Casetext for a jaw-dropping $650 million.
The deal, it said at the time, was subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and was expected to close in the second half of
Continue Reading Thomson Reuters Completes Its $650M Acquisition of Casetext