“The widow of the former West Publishing chief Dwight Opperman filed a legal malpractice complaint against a law firm Monday, claiming its mishandling of Opperman’s estate plan reduced her bequest by $7.5 million. As CEO of West Publishing, Opperman created the online legal research database Westlaw, now a subsidiary of Thomas Reuters.” (via CNS)
“Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and BlumbergExcelsior, Inc., a leading supplier of online law forms, have signed a strategic licensing agreement which will add more than 230 Blumberg forms to current content on Westlaw Form Builder. The list of forms covers several practice areas including litigation, real estate, landlord/tenant and powers of attorney.”
via Press Release.
paidContent – “For decades, the multibillion dollar market for legal research has been a cozy club for two. But now financial giant Bloomberg has fully powered up Bloomberg Law, a rival that could at last disrupt the status quo. For Bloomberg, the new legal product is an expensive test of the company’s ability to find a major revenue stream outside its core financial business. But it also raises the question of how a stodgy industry is responding to sweeping changes that makes it easier for Americans to look up the law.”
Voxy – “Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced that it has launched Westlaw NZ, the latest development in online research for legal professionals in New Zealand. Westlaw NZ offers unrivaled content from case law and journals, legislation and commentary to precedents and news, as well as tax information. The technology behind the intuitive search capability within Westlaw NZ helps direct users to precise points of law and extends a new level of confidence that information is authoritative, current and the results are comprehensive. Built upon state-of-the-art Westlaw technology, Westlaw NZ was developed specifically for New Zealand customers and modeled after Thomson Reuters online legal information services in the United Kingdom, United States, Asia, India and South America.”
Press Release – “The WestlawNext iPad app now features enhanced folder sharing capabilities. Users can save their research results, including notes and KeyCite® warning flags, in folders that can be instantly shared with others. For instance, an attorney or researcher in an office can share research with an attorney in a court setting or collaborate with a client on a specific matter. Users can also tap into previous research across departments and organizational boundaries, allowing them to access and share a vast repository of increasingly valuable knowledge anywhere, anytime.”