“Attorney General Pam Bondi announced today that her office has entered a multi-million-dollar settlement with CCH Incorporated, a law book publisher, over allegations of automatic subscription renewals, a practice referred to as a negative option plan, without adequate disclosures. CCH will mail approximately 5,000 consumers refund notices and provide a total refund amount up to $5 million to the consumers. The Attorney General’s Office will receive $1.4 million for investigative costs, attorney fees and future enforcement efforts.”
via Press Release
“The Georgetown Law Library has established a webpage that automatically aggregates blog posts by Georgetown Law faculty members from sources around the web. The faculty blog aggregator (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/blogposts.cfm) is a self-updating collection of posts that currently come from 14 Law Center faculty contributors across 14 blog sites. “The blog aggregator is a very useful tool for keeping up with our faculty, their scholarship and their views on the legal world,” said Georgetown Law Associate Dean for Research and Administration Gregory Klass. “It’s wonderful to have it all in one place.”
via Georgetown Law
“The New York Court of Appeals on Feb. 1 will launch a free, public online database of case documents that will make it easier for lawyers to file court papers, the court said. In a memo sent to members of the bar on Thursday, Andrew Klein, the court’s chief clerk and legal counsel, said the Public Access and Search System database, or Court-PASS, will serve as a permanent archive of all cases filed after Jan. 1. “Anyone may search or browse the Court-PASS database free of charge, and may view or download documents from every stage of the case at the Court of Appeals,” Klein wrote.”
“LexisNexis UK, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that it has doubled the coverage of legal journals in its Lexis®Library online service. The expansion establishes LexisNexis as the provider of market leading journals and the go-to online resource in many areas of legal practice. The journals expansion follows a comprehensive consultation with LexisNexis customers across law firms, the Bar and academic institutions in order to further strengthen its market leading LexisLibrary offering.”
via LexisNexis United Kingdom
“The House of Representatives’ document portal, docs.house.gov, launched in January 2012 with a surprisingly rich and relevant set of data: all bills and amendments (including drafts) that would come to the floor over the next week, and extensive XML metadata about each document and when it was updated. It’s pretty difficult to overstate the value of this data. After all, information on what the House is about to do is vital — to participate effectively in our democracy, you need to have some lead time. The House has doubled down on its pledge to keep innovating, and has begun to release what promises to be an expansive set of committee information. Docs.house.gov’s expansion in breadth from floor proceedings to include committee activities provides significant new opportunities for the public to understand how the House functions as well as a much earlier entry point for citizens to become substantively involved in the legislative process.”
via Sunlight Foundation Blog
“Sweet & Maxwell, a Thomson Reuters business and a leading provider of legal solutions, today announced the launch of the first online-only encyclopedia that aims to cover the entire law of the United Kingdom. Westlaw UK Insight is specifically designed to offer timely guidance on the law and to promote greater collaboration through its integration with social media platforms. Westlaw UK Insight is a dynamic, web-based encyclopedia that features interpretation and analysis of the law written by experts. Designed to be easy and simple to use, the encyclopedia features an intuitive, topic-based index that allows users to efficiently navigate from broad overviews of a topic down to more detailed statements and research materials, enabling them to get up to speed on a point of law quickly, and then move on to more high-value work.”
The 9th Circuit said Thursday that it will save $350,000 over the next year by processing its opinions in-house instead of contracting that service to West Publishing. Inspiration for the cost-saving measure came from the U.S. Judicial Conference, the court said. The San Francisco-based federal appeals court has been processing its own opinions since early November. “Court staff now manage the process of converting opinions from the original word processing documents into Adobe PDF files, which are then uploaded onto the website, where they can be viewed and/or downloaded by the public,” the court said in a statement.”
via Courthouse News Service.
“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.”
“It’s getting much tougher for law firms to get paid back by clients for their legal research costs, a new Bloomberg Law survey of almost 100 firms has found. 43 percent of firms say they have to absorb more of their costs today than they did in 2010. A number of participants noted that an increasing number of clients do not want to pay for online research, a trend they claim started with insurance companies. Firms are significantly more likely to recover legal research costs on litigation matters than other areas of law. Participants feel this is because clients expect litigation to require legal research.”
via Bloomberg Law.
“LexisNexis’ legal division has seen 1 percent growth through the first nine months of the year. The group reported an uptick in both usage and sales of its online research and litigation tools. However, those offset some declines in its print books and listings, according to an interim management statement from the company. The group also said it’s on track with a roll out of a new technology platform and its plans for international releases of the new Lexis platform are moving forward.
LexisNexis is part of Reed Elsevier, a global professional information company.”
via Dayton Business Journal
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