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DocketFish simplifies docket research process for law firms

“With the changing needs of the legal industry come new, innovative technologies that aim at making processes more efficient for workers in all aspects of legal. Research can be one of the more time-consuming, laborious processes for counsel, but certain software has been developed to take a stab at streamlining docket research with a new platform. DocketFish has been developed for lawyers, law librarians, paralegals and others, and includes a platform for conducting research quickly and efficiently. The platform employs caching technology to make docket and document retrieval a simple process, and to help law firms avoid costly duplicate download fees.” (via Inside Counsel)

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Four Law Libraries That Fit in Your Pocket

“On-the-go legal research is an important aspect of any law professional’s career. A firm might subscribe to any number of research services, each with different features. The following comparison of popular services’ mobile apps shows how to make the most of each one, whether you’re using a smartphone, a tablet, or even a PC or Mac.” (via ITI)

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Lexis Advance Named Best Online Legal Research Provider by Readers in The Legal Intelligencer

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, announced today that Lexis Advance®, the company’s dynamic, next-generation legal information service, has been voted the best online legal research provider in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Best of 2014” survey of Pennsylvania legal professionals. This recognition is one of six “Gold” category wins for LexisNexis solutions for the second year in a row.” (via Lexis Nexis)

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A New Way to Look at Law, With Data Viz and Machine Learning

“On TV, being a lawyer is all about dazzling jurors with verbal pyrotechnics. But for many lawyers–especially young ones–the job is about research. Long, dry, tedious research. It’s that less glamorous side of the profession that Daniel Lewis and Nik Reed are trying to upend with Ravel. Using data visualization, language analysis, and machine learning, the Stanford Law grads are aiming to reinvent legal research–and perhaps give young lawyers a deeper understanding of their field in the process.” (via Wired)

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American Lawyer publisher sold back to Wasserstein & Co

“American Lawyer publisher ALM Media, which was once controlled by Bruce Wasserstein, has been sold to the late Wall Street dealmaker’s investment firm Wasserstein & Co, the companies said in a statement. Financial details of the deal were not publicly disclosed. The New York Times reported the acquisition price was around $417 million, citing a source briefed on the matter.” (via Reuters)

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Thomson Reuters Debuts Custom Pages, eLibraries on WestlawNext

“Thomson Reuters has introduced Custom Pages on WestlawNext, the leading online legal research service, enabling users to create searchable, personalized pages from specific content sets.

Available at no cost for all WestlawNext subscribers, Custom Pages can be tailored to specific research needs while providing the convenient benefits and innovation WestlawNext offers, including WestSearch, Find a Citation, KeyCite® a Citation, Folders and Favorites.” (via Thomson Reuters)

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New Bloomberg Law App Provides Seamless Access To Personalized Content

“Bloomberg BNA has released a new app for iPhones and Android phones designed to provide Bloomberg Law subscribers with timely, personalized content. The app is available to Bloomberg Law subscribers at no additional charge from the App Store and Google Play. “From meetings with clients to arguments in court, our clients need to access their Bloomberg Law content no matter where they are. This new app brings not only an added mobility to their service, but was designed to specifically deliver actionable, personalized content, seamlessly from the app to desktop and back again,” said Joe Breda, Executive Vice President, Product, at Bloomberg BNA.” (via Bloomberg BNA)

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Technology Driver of US Legislation, Regulations

“Everything seems to be moving faster than ever. And the pace of change for public laws continues to increase as the government tries to keep up. According to WestlawNext, the leading online legal research service, more than 100,000 new or changed statutes, 160,000 new or modified regulations and over 285,000 new judicial opinions were incorporated into the body of United States law in 2013.” (via Thomson Reuters)

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Fla. AG settles with two law book publishers

“Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a settlement on Tuesday with two law book publishers to resolve allegations that consumers received publications they did not intend to order. West Publishing Corporation and Thomson Reuters Tax Accounting Inc. allegedly placed customers into automatic subscription renewals and automated shipment plans for their publications without adequate disclosures. Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act requires that consumers be told clearly about the terms of automatic subscription renewals and automatic product shipments and agree to the terms for such plans to be lawful.” (via Legal Newsline)

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25 Years Later, PACER, Electronic Filing Continue to Change Courts

“Twenty-five years ago, computers were hurtling America into the Information Age. From 1987 to 1989, the nation’s PC sales tripled, as consumers gained unprecedented power to process words, crunch numbers and print documents at home. The World Wide Web was still being invented, but early adopters were discovering personal email. In federal courts, the revolution also was getting under way. Documents were still kept on paper, and law firm couriers lined up daily in clerk’s offices, waiting to pore through case files, but all that was about to change. In September 1988, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new way of opening information to the public, through a service known as PACER—Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” (via United States Courts)

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