“Legal research company Fastcase has acquired the competing service Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer. In a Monday post on his blog LawSites, Bob Ambrogi reported that the transaction is an “assets-only deal” that includes the Loislaw brand and website, and will move Loislaw’s subscribers over to Fastcase. According to Ambrogi, Loislaw subscribers began receiving messages over the weekend that the deal was done and that Wolters Kluwer would terminate the Loislaw product as of November 30. Neither Fastcase nor Wolters Kluwer disclosed the purchase price. Wolters Kluwer, an information services company based in the Netherlands, had previously purchased Loislaw in 2000 for $95 million. Fastcase confirmed the transaction on its website, stating that it was “excited to welcome Loislaw subscribers to the next generation of online legal research.” (via ABA Journal)
“The South Carolina Bar announced today that it has selected Fastcase to provide a nationwide legal research benefit that will be offered free to its members, effective November 1. The South Carolina Bar previously had offered a legal research service provided by Lawriter LLC to its members, but it announced today that it would become the seventh state bar association to upgrade from that service to Fastcase. The South Carolina Bar will be the 25th state bar association to offer Fastcase to its members.” (via PRWeb)
“The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has named publishing partners Fastcase and William S. Hein & Co., Inc. as joint winners of its 2014 New Product of the Year Award. AALL is recognizing the partners for integrating the Fastcase and HeinOnline legal research library materials. This year, AALL is recognizing the innovation-driven companies for integrating HeinOnline and Fastcase. The partnership combines Hein’s expertise in publishing law journals and historical statutory materials and Fastcase’s experience in publishing American primary law. It offers users of both services a complete, integrated legal research experience. Subscribers to both services can now search law review articles from HeinOnline when conducting research in Fastcase, and can search primary law materials from Fastcase inside HeinOnline.” (via FastCase)
Fastcase Partnership with Ohio Metropolitan Bar Associations to Provide Free Access to Legal Research Library
“Five of the largest bar associations in Ohio, which collaborate in the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium OMBAC, today announced that they have signed an agreement to provide their members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system. Beginning July 1 and June 1 for the Columbus Bar Association, more than 20,000 members of participating bar associations in Ohio will have free and unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit of their local bar association membership. The partnership is designed to benefit members of OMBAC-affiliated bar associations, including the Akron Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, and Toledo Bar Association.” (via Fastcase)
Fastcase Announces Partnership with Hawaii State Bar Association to Provide Free Access to Legal Research Library
“Today the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) and legal publisher Fastcase announced a partnership to provide members of the state bar with free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system. This partnership is the latest in a growing number of bar associations that are offering the Fastcase benefit – 23 state bar associations representing more than 500,000 lawyers now subscribe to Fastcase as a free benefit for their members. Beginning December 1, more than 7,000 members of the HSBA will have free access to Fastcase’s comprehensive online legal research system, which ordinarily sells for $995 per member per year. This exclusive bar member benefit provides members of the HSBA with unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team.”
Press Release – “Legal publisher Fastcase today launched the first legal research application for the Android platform. With the free download of the new app, Fastcase for Android, users can search Fastcase’s comprehensive national law library of cases and statutes anywhere, anytime, and on any Android device. Like Fastcase’s award-winning apps for iPhone and iPad, the Android app incorporates Fastcase’s smarter search tools from the Web environment, including powerful algorithms that rank best results first, citation analysis tools, and Mobile Sync with desktop subscriptions to Fastcase. And like Fastcase’s apps on iOS, the app is free to download, and although it requires a registration, it is free to use, either with or without a Fastcase desktop subscription.”
Press Release – ” Legal publisher Fastcase today announced the 50 recipients of the inaugural “Fastcase 50” award. The Fastcase 50 award recognizes today’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders in the law. Numerous nominations were submitted from industry leaders, peers, and individuals around the world who recommended candidates deserving of this recognition. The 2011 Fastcase 50 winners are individuals who are visionaries, leaders, advocates and innovators in technology, the legal community, and beyond.
Press Release – Legal publisher Fastcase and the D.C. Bar today announced a partnership that will provide all active and judicial members of the D.C. Bar with free access to the Washington, D.C. libraries in Fastcase’s comprehensive online legal research system. Beginning February 1, 2011, more than 70,000 attorneys will receive free and unlimited access to one of the nation’s largest law libraries through the D.C. Bar website, www.dcbar.org. The service is unrestricted by time or number of transactions, and unlimited printing, reference assistance, and customer service are included for free.”
I’m becoming a huge fan of FastCase. Keep up the good work guys!!