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 Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., today announced the integration of its Federal Developments Knowledge Center (FDKC) with its award-winning Cheetah platform. The easy-to-use FDKC platform has been enhanced with range of new features and is now available on 18 practice areas dashboards on Cheetah. The integration will help users monitor all newly issued executive actions, proposed bills and rules, enacted laws and final rules in real time across over 800 agencies and sub-agencies of the federal government. FDKC’s integration with Cheetah allows users to access even deeper expertise within their workflow, providing the ability to search,…
Today Casetext is announcing the release of the new Compose motion drafting collection for Products Liability: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device. According to the press release last year they were 10,000 mass torts in Philadelphia alone one of the hotspots for products liability litigation.. This release will bring the total number of motions available on Compose to 60. This is the second topical collection announced since Compose launched in February 2020. In September they launched  a collection for employment law motions. In an earlier post I described how Compose offers to make lawyers more efficient by automating the first draft of…
Today Thomson Reuters is announcing two new solutions Thomson Reuters Marketplace and Thomson Reuters Legal Home which are designed to enable lawyers to locate and utilize Thomson Reuters products. Thomson Reuters Marketplace, (beta version), is an online marketplace where lawyers, technologists and knowledge professional can research, trial and purchase a wide range of Thomson Reuters solutions. Thomson Reuters Legal Home  Is a more sophisticated offering which is customized to the individual users. The goal is to serve as an “integrated digital launchpad” where subscribers can access their Thomson Reuters products as well as information about external products which can…
Did anyone imagine that eight months into the pandemic we would still be needing new ways to capture, monitor analyze the ever morphing legal issues around COVID? Today Fastcase is launching COVID-19 Case Alerts, an editorially curated email alert service to keep subscribers aware of new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a dangerous and fast-changing pandemic, and it’s more important than ever for firms to be ahead of the curve when advising clients. There is no excuse for missing key developments, especially now,” said Ed…
This week American Lawyer Media (ALM)  the publisher of the American Lawyer and Law.com announced the rebranding and expansion of their innovative legal news service Legal Radar. Legal Radar is now Law.com Radar. Law.com Radar was originally  launched  in February as Legal Radar with a breaking litigation news monitoring service. This week  the service was expanded to include corporate deal feeds and news which meets the needs of transactional lawyers.  The press release  describes  this breaking news product as allowing lawyers to be the “first to know” and therefore “the first to act” on business development opportunities. Law.com Radar…
Last July Thomson Reuters quietly began the  transformation of  their Practitioners Insights publication into a full fledged legal news service called Westlaw Today.  I  met with  Zena Applebaum, director, Proposition Strategy Rebecca Ditsch – manager, Product Development and received a demo of Westlaw Today .Westlaw is owned by Thomson Reuters which also owns Reuters, the multi-media news agency. It is a total “no brainer” that Reuters should collaborate with Westlaw in bringing a legal news product to the market. (In fact, Westlaw did briefly launch a  short lived legal news service “Westlaw News” back in the 1980’s before it…
Today Intelligize,  a LexisNexis company, is announcing the launch of Company Insights – a new feature which provides seamless access to detailed financial data provided by premium financial data provider Factset. Until now, Intelligize focused on text based searching and with Company Insights they are pivoting to include quantitative financial research analytics. According to the press release: ”Company Insights indexes and synthesizes a wide range of corporate information, including regulatory disclosures, earnings-call transcripts, stock-price and ownership data, corporate governance documents, analyst/investor presentations, and releases, in addition to thousands of LexisNexis® news sources.” The  Company Insights data is presented as…
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory is releasing a new Practical Content Dashboard within their flagship Cheetah and Cheetah for Corporate Counsel platforms. The Cheetah platform includes over 20,000 practical content tools and documents  spread across twenty seven practice areas. The practice content will now be easier to locate with addition of the dashboard. Ken Crutchfield the vice president and general manager of legal markets at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business US is quoted in the press release: “The new features will give our customers fast access to all of the applicable tools needed for their day-to-day work saving valuable time…
Today Casetext is announcing the availability of a Microsoft Word plug-in for the Compose brief drafting technology. It makes sense to put a valuable drafting tool right in place where lawyers spend their time drafting. Compose enables  attorneys to locate and add arguments, legal standards, and precedent without ever leaving Word. According to the press release, the Word version of Compose includes all the motions and features available in the original Compose application: a menu of click-to-add arguments, legal standards customized to the attorney’s side and jurisdiction, and Parallel Search, a powerful form of concept-based legal search which uses a…
Today Lex Machina is launching an analytics module for one of one of the most important commercial litigation jurisdictions in the United States, the New York County Supreme Court. The new module will include 117,000 civil court cases filed after January 1, 2016. Subscribers will have access to over 600,00 full text pleadings and orders which have been downloaded into the module. Coverage includes both class action cases and “pre-RJI cases”  (cases that have not yet filed a request for judicial intervention). The  analytics data was extracted from both dockets and court filings.  New York County Supreme Court  data includes…
Last  week  Gavelytics announced the the expansion (I would call it a makeover) of their state litigation analytics platform. Not only is the look and feel completely refreshed, but they have added new content and enhanced search and filtering features. Gavelytics 2.0 expands state court litigation analytics and data on judges, law firms, lawyers, and litigants as well as a massive searchable database of litigation documents and briefs.  Currently covering 10 U.S. states, Gavelytics coverage will expand to 20 states by December 2020. The graphics have been enhanced for lawyers, judges, law firms and litigants. One of the best…
Preview the 2020 Benchmarking + Legal Information Services (BLISS) Survey results, learn how leading law firm libraries are using data to plan for 2021 and receive a special pandemic report. The program will be facilitated  by HBR Director Colleen Cable. I will be joined by two large law colleagues for a lively discussion of how our teams are adapting to the changes of 2020 and how we will leverage the survey results to plan for 2021. Panelists: Jean O’Grady, Director of Research & Knowledge Services, DLA Piper US, LLP Margaret Bartlett, Library Manager, Locke Lord LLP John DiGilio, Firmwide Director…
Last month, Feit Consulting released a new report on the state of the market for major legal vendors Thomson Reuters. LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and Wolters Kluwer. Over the past 30 years, what was once known as the Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) market has been dramatically transformed by the integration of workflow, drafting, brief analysis, and analytics tools into knowledge-enabled insight platforms. My interview with Michael Feit, founder of Feit Consulting, reveals how major legal information vendors have failed to adjust their pricing models to reflect the collapse of cost recovery following the Great Recession of 2008, when law firms…
Today Lexis Nexis is releasing a new M&A analytics tool called Market Standards which helps lawyers identify, compare and analyze publicly files transactions – to optimize the terms of M&A deals. Market Standards enables a lawyer to analyze, 150+ deal points, in 33,000 deals spanning 10 years. New deals are analyzed and added within 48 hours. Using detailed deal points lawyers can easily find precedent language, and see deal point and transactional trends with data visualizations. Market Standards was developed with feedback from “hundreds of interactions with M&A lawyers.” Market Standards enables attorneys to: Compare deals side-by-side and access full-document views of all filings related…
Earlier this week Lex Mundi, a network of independent law firms  announced that they have selected the Vable aggregation platform as a their technology partner for developing  a current awareness & news monitoring service for clients, prospective clients, and 22000+ lawyers within the Lex Mundi network. Aggregating Law Firm Client Updates Lex Mundi will use the Vable’s aggregation, curation and delivery platform to transform member updates into a single searchable database. Vable’s natural language processing technology automatically sorts articles into relevant legal sectors to aid searching.  Available resources include legal current awareness and legal commentaries and analysis in respect of each…
The Practicing Law Institute website has announced the passing of PLI President, Anita Shapiro. In 2015, Shapiro appointed as their first female President. She joined PLI   in 1999 as a program attorney, then rising from Vice President to Executive Vice President until her appointment as President in 2005. According to her Linked In profile, Shapiro spent two years as a Litigation Marketing Manager at Mayer Brown. Many in the law librarian community may also remember Shapiro as a Westlaw Account rep in New York City from 1990 to 1999. Shapiro remained a great supporter of the law librarian community…