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Thomson Reuters has added a collection of municipal ordinances  and order for the 100 largest U.S. cities. Early in the COVID-19 crisis Thomson Reuters published  a Global Coronavirus Toolkit on the Practical Law platform. A bigger legal publishing challenge  was about to emerge.  Ever since California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first state “stay at home” order on March 19, 2020 there has been a steady cascade of orders, ordinances and policies issued from every kind of governmental unit (cities, counties, villages) and administrative units ( health, transportation, public utilities, fair housing…) Across the US. law librarians and knowledge…
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory  has launched one of the first digital resources providing an in depth analysis of the employment provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The resource launched on May 8th and is available on the Cheetah platform. It provides an integrated analysis which links highlights, explanations, statutory text and amended law provisions to help lawyers understand both the new provisions as well as the existing laws impact by these two major pieces of legislation. According to the press release “Wolters Kluwer’s new Families First…
 Four products shared the top 3 places in this tears Dewey B Strategic Hits and Misses survey results. Back in January readers were asked to identify the products they either purchased for the first time in 2019 or planned to purchase in 2020. Although budgets may have been cut since the survey was taken the products identified by readers are likely to be top of mind as law firm budgets recover. Law firms can not afford to ignore new products which drive efficiency and unique insights. The survey winners are: 1. Blue J Legal Tax Foresight   topped the list of…
Today the Association of Corporate Counsel and Wolters Kluwer  Legal and Regulatory  are releasing the 2020 Legal Operations Maturity Benchmark Report. The report is over 80 pages long and  is exploding with scatter graphs and bar charts which assess  how well corporate legal departments have adopted various initiatives, such as knowledge management, strategic planning, innovation, technology and information governance. The press release states that the report offers some of the first numerical data to support key findings about legal operations Including: 1) Despite increasing focus on legal operations, most organizations, on average, still do not have a mature legal…
The Hits and Misses Survey was conducted in the pre-pandemic world. Nonetheless the results will have a special resonance with Information professionals around the world perched at home scrutinizing their budgets with scalpel in one hand and an ax in the other.  Back in January Dewey B Strategic readers were asked to the identify the products which were on their radar for cancellation in 2020. Eighty seven  readers responded.  Most law firms use products such as Research Monitor and Onelog to capture usage trends for every digital product. This data can provide actionable insights on usage trends and provide  ROI…
Thomson Reuters continues to build out features in Westlaw Edge. Today they have announced  a new  A.I. enabled quote checking feature which resides within the brief analysis tool Quick Check which was launched at the  American Association of Law Libraries meeting last July. Quick Check allows lawyers to upload a brief and quickly identify missing or problematic authority. Most importantly it can be used as a final check on a lawyer’s draft documents or  to identify weaknesses in an  opposing parties brief or motion. Quick Check Quotation Analysis is one more feature which drives efficiency while reducing risk. A…
Gentle readers— in a distant era (January) when no one was thinking about facemasks and hand sanitizer, I posted the annual Dewey B Strategic Hits and Misses Survey. In an attempt to “carry on” as if everything were normal, today I am reporting on the survey results.Thanks to the  87 readers who  responded to the survey between January and March 15th. Compared to 2018, 2019 was a fairly slow year for the launch of new products and features. As a result this years survey has fewer questions and fewer categories of new products. But this year the survey covered new…
LegalMation is a pretty impressive product. It uses AI to draft responsive pleadings to a complaint.  If you haven’t had the chance to see a demo at the LegalTech or ILTA conferences, now is the time to get a free trial. Here is the LegalMation offer: LegalMation’s artificial intelligence platform can significantly reduce the time you spend on routine litigation tasks. Unlike existing template generators and form fillers legal nations groundbreaking AI system is able to dynamically produce in two minutes or less responsive pleadings and discovery requests and responses and related documents that are tailored to claims allegations and…
FREE and Powerful: Wolters Kluwer Launches  Suite of COVID-19 Smart Charts Outside the Paywall. For the past month librarians and lawyers have been scrambling to locate and digest the daily cascade of COVID-19 orders, laws, regulations and policies that have been streaming from every level of government across the fifty states. The Wolters Kluwer COVID -19 resource has aggregated and tagged releases from across the federal government  including  the President and Congress as well as State Governors and  local county health departments. Today Wolters Kluwer launched a powerful COVID-19 Smart Chart tool which will enable lawyers to quickly locate and…
This week Casemaker and vLex announced an innovative partnership with the Kentucky Bar Association making the AI enabled research Assistant Vincent available to every lawyer in Kentucky. I wrote about the launch of the Vincent AI assistant in October 2018. Casemaker provides the primary law underpinning the vLex US collection. Vincent is the only Artificial Intelligence tool that can analyze legal documents in two languages (English and Spanish) and across 10 countries. Under the new agreement all Kentucky Bar members will have access to vLex and Vincent through either the Casemaker or vLex Platform. Kentucky Bar Association members have  had access…
LexisNexis has dominated litigation analytics since it’s acquisition of Lex Machina and Ravel Law over the past decade. Ravel has been integrated into Lexis Advance, under the Context brand. Today Lexis Nexis announced the launch of Context Company Analytics. The original Context Judges analytics product uses language analysis to gain insights into judges precedential behavior. With the Company Analytics launch they are using language analysis to visualize insights derived from business news, company financials and litigation. Lexis has historically been strong in both company profiles and business news so this gives them an opportunity to marry new technology with these…
On April 1st, Intelligize users will experience a major transformation of the platform. The new features will be available to all Intelligize users at no additional cost. I reviewed Intelligize’s unique features when it launched as a startup . It was purchased by LexisNexis in 2016. Intelligize was a late entrant into the SEC research market, but managed to drive most competitors from the field.  It is  built on proprietary algorithms  which streamline not only SEC filings research but more importantly, complex regulatory comment letter and no action letter research. The upcoming redesign will offer a whole raft of new…
It will come as no surprise that the roster of legal publishing and tech innovator offerings of Covid-19 resources continues to grow. Fastcase, PacerPro, PubK Law and Tax Notes have new Covid-19 resources.Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg Law mentioned in an earlier post now have added free resources which out from behind the paywall.Well Fastcase has gone “Amazon” – they have basically built a Covid-19 Shopping Mall which includes a gallery of their own resources, affiliates resources, government resources and competitors resources – all for a good cause! Thomson Reuters Skopos Labs Bloomberg Law has brought their very popular In Focus
It is no surprise that following the launch of their  AI enabled motion drafting platform Compose in February,  Casetext has secured  a new round of funding.  The $8.2 million  brings Casetext’s total funding to $40 million. Inside investors who participated in this round include Union Square Investors, Canvas Ventures and Y Combinator Continuity. The press release also refers to an unnamed “top law firm”  as leading the round. The announcement comes in the wake of Casetext’s launch of their game changing new Compose software. Compose goes where no legal product has gone before. It actually helps a lawyer draft…
Legal publishers have thrown their considerable editorial and technical resources at crafting new documents, pages, and toolkits to help lawyers locate everything from emergency pandemic declarations to drafting an SEC disclosure about the impact of COVID-19. Lawyers need to untangle the myriad legal issues impacting virtually every area of legal practice. We are surely witnessing the emergence of a new pandemic law practice over the course of several weeks. I have summarized the landscape of tools produced by legal publishers to help lawyers get oriented and “jump start” their practice in the “new normal” of law in a time of…
Today Fastcase is announcing the Launch on the Journal of Emerging Litigation. I think we can assume that Covid-19 Litigation will be emerging in the publication pipeline. The Journal is being produced in partnership with HB Litigation Conferences which was founded by Tom Hagy – a pioneer in niche litigation reporting. Hagy is the former Publisher and Managing Editor of LexisNexis Mealy’s Litigation Reports. The new journal will be published by Full Court Press, the imprint of Fastcase. The new publication will be informed by analytic trends identified in Docket Alarm as well as Law Street Media news coverage.…