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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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Scout Delivering Court Opinions Through the Awe-Inspiring Power of CourtListener

“Scout, the Sunlight Foundation’s government search and alert system, is now delivering daily alerts on federal court opinions. Court opinions will be included by default — along with regulations, legislation, speeches, and reports — for any alert based on search terms. If you’ve already set up alerts on Scout for search terms, and your alert ranges across all of our data types, you don’t need to do anything: we’ve updated existing general search alerts to include opinions too.” (via Sunlight Foundation Blog)

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64 Federal Courts Now Publish Opinions on FDsys

“A project providing free online access to federal court opinions has expanded to include 64 courts.  The federal Judiciary and the Government Printing Office partner through the GPO’s Federal Digital System, FDsys, to provide public access to more than 750,000 opinions, many dating back to 2004. The Judicial Conference approved national implementation of the project in September 2012, expanding participation from the original 29 courts. FDsys currently contains opinions from 8 appellate courts, 20 district courts, and 35 bankruptcy courts.” (via United States Courts)

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LexisNexis State Net Launches New Interface, Adds Features and Data

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional announced today it has launched a new Web interface and innovative features for its state and federal legislative and regulatory activity solution, LexisNexis® State Net®. The new design and features help government, public affairs and compliance professionals easily find, assess and act upon data and intelligence about government activity faster and with more confidence than ever before.” (via Lexis Nexis)

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Reintroducing OpenCongress: Now From The Sunlight Foundation

“OpenCongress, the site that enables anyone to follow and explore the activities of Congress, is now proudly operated by the Sunlight Foundation. The Participatory Politics Foundation originally launched OpenCongress in 2007 and built it into a leading comprehensive, nonpartisan source for legislative information used by millions. Today, the Sunlight Foundation unveils the next stage for the project with refreshed code and a continuing commitment to build on the strong core functionality. The importance of providing this information freely and reliably to the public are the goals that led Sunlight to be a founding and primary supporter of the site. Those ideals continue as Sunlight adds new data and features that empower citizens to learn more about and engage with their government.” (via Sunlight Foundation Blog)

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Non-Profit “Free Law Project” Provides Open Access to US Case Law

“Although case law is technically public domain, the legal decisions that interpret and apply statutory law are often scattered across the Internet, locked up in proprietary systems, and only available by paying exorbitant fees. A new non-profit launching this week aims to make these legal materials easily and freely available to all.

School of Information assistant professor Brian Carver and alumnus Michael Lissner (MIMS 2010) founded the Free Law Project to support open access to the law and to develop open-source legal research tools.” )via Berkeley School of Information)

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