I was traveling this week, so I will provide a summary of some legal information and technology highlights.
Fastcase and Florida Bar Launch Case Alerts
Fastcase which seems to have a weekly product launch or feature enhancement – did not disappoint this week. On Tuesday they announced that in collaboration with the Florida Bar they had launched Case Alerts, a daily report of court decisions in key practice areas. The subscription-only service introduced Florida Family Law Alerts, a daily e-mail summary of family law decisions from Florida courts. Fastcase and The Florida Bar will roll out new Florida practice areas throughout the summer, including business law, real property, probate, trusts, and tax law alerts. Read more at this link.
Thomson Reuters Added Jurisdictional Surveys to Westlaw Edge
On Monday Thomson Reuters announced the release of Jurisdictional Surveys, The press release describes the features as allowing users to “quickly retrieve a customized and relevant compilation of laws across all U.S. jurisdictions on virtually any topic.” My first reaction to Thomson Reuters press release on jurisdictional surveys was to wonder how this feature if different from their 50 state survey offering. I plan to have a demo and will report back on what I learn.
Bloomberg Ending UK Court Coverage
A Bloomberg Law executive explained to me that use of the UK materials had declined and that there were legal limitations which prevented the company from automating or “crowdsourcing” UK documents as has been done with Pacer. Here is a message that was sent to customers:
Effective August 1, Bloomberg Law will no longer offer coverage of U.K. Court Dockets. We have decided to discontinue this service because usage of UK Dockets on Bloomberg Law has steadily declined over the last few years. We believe this is the result of the modernization of UK Court system websites. . “To minimize client impact, we have chosen August 1 as this date coincides with U.K. Courts’ recess.After August 1, we will continue to offer historical coverage on Bloomberg Law. New coverage and updates to existing U.K. dockets, however, will be discontinued from the following dockets sources:• U.K. Court Dockets; U.K. Court Hearings U.K. Corporate Insolvency
13 New Vendors Exhibiting at AALL – It is only 3 weeks until the AALL Annual Conference kicks off in Washington DC. According to the AALL website, there will be 13 first time exhibitors to visit in the Exhibit Hall. As in recent years I will write a summary post on the new exhibitors in the coming weeks.
Innovation Survey Reminder – Next week the Innovations Survey which we are conducting for the AALL panel on Sustainable Innovation will close. Please take a few minutes to fill out the anonymous survey if you haven’t had a chance to do so. Here is a link to the survey.