Vendor News: Fastcase Acquires LoisLaw

Fastcase has purchased LoisLaw from WoltersKluwer. Robert Ambrogi broke the news on Law Sites after current Loislaw customers started receive notices of the change. Fastcase has confirmed it, and posted some FAQs on the transition.

It looks like Fastcase has expanded it customer base by acquiring the current LoisLaw subscriptions and brand. The legacy LoisLaw subscribers look like they’ll have an option to continue accessing WoltersKluwer treatises as long as they continue their subscriptions, but it doesn’t look like anything will change for current Fastcase subscribers (i.e., no new windfall of editorial content showing up on Fastcase).

Thank you to former CRIV Chair, Liz Reppe, for bringing this to my attention.

Project COUNTER Survey

Project COUNTER is soliciting feedback from libraries via a new survey:

We aim to improve the usage statistics that consortia and libraries receive from publishers and vendors and would like to hear from them about their requirements and priorities.

An online survey is available so that you can tell us your views. The survey will take around half-an-hour to complete. Attached for download is a PDF of the survey to enable data consultation before the online survey is completed.

We realise that we are asking libraries and consortia for some considerable input, but the information provided will enable us to improve the utility of COUNTER usage statistics.

The online survey can be found at

For what it’s worth, I was able to complete the survey in ten minutes.

Thank you to Margie Maes for bringing this to my attention.

CRIV Advocacy Request Update: Law360 Articles in which Attorneys Have Been Quoted

CRIV received a Request For Assistance regarding Law360 articles in which a firm’s attorney had been quoted in the text. The requesting librarian wanted a complimentary courtesy copy of the article to be provided to the firm in this situation.

CRIV spoke to Cindy Spohr, Senior Librarian Relations Marketing Manager for the LexisNexis Librarian Relations Group about this (Law360 was purchased by Lexis and is available as both an independent product and on Lexis platforms). Her response is below:

Law360 traditionally offers two different options for law firms, corporations, and/or other organizations interested in obtaining copies of articles where their attorneys have been quoted:

  • For Law360-original content in which an attorney or key practitioner has been quoted, the Law360-branded version can be purchased (similarly for wide distribution and marketing, subject to pre-agreed upon terms & conditions) at current rates for original Law360 content.
  • For our third-party-authored “Expert Analysis” content, interested parties may purchase a Law360-branded version of this for wide distribution and marketing (subject to pre-agreed upon terms & conditions) at specially discounted current rates for co-authored content.

If a firm / corporation / organization is interested in the content for internal firm use only, and does not need a publicly-distributable version, interested parties can contact Law360 directly at 646-783-7100 and talk to their account rep to get a copy of the article sent to them on an ad hoc basis simply for review (and not distribution) up to at most 5 times per year.

Librarians looking to get a free copy of a Law360 article in these situations should review the final paragraph of Ms. Spohr’s statement.

Thank you to Cindy Spohr for clarifying the policy.

If you have a similar issue or any issue that CRIV can assist with, please use our Request for Assistance form available at

Need Assistance From CRIV? Submit Your Request Online!

As you may already know, CRIV offers assistance with vendor-related issues to AALL members. AALL members who would like to make an official request for CRIV assistance are able to submit their requests using our form available at In addition to providing general information about the issue, members can upload supporting documents in the following formats:  Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF, Text, and Word Perfect.

For more information and tips on Vendor Relations please visit

Sample Letters Available on CRIV Tools

CRIV Tools is a part of the AALL website and is a great source for those librarians that may need assistance navigating vendor relations.  For example, CRIV Tools offers Sample Letters on issues ranging from COUNTER Compliance to the Return of Unsolicited Materials.  Additionally, the Sample Letters page offers tips and suggestions for written communication with vendors.

Sample Cancellation Letter

Vendor news: LexisNexis aquires MLex

Press release:

Commentary from Dewey B and iBrary Guy

Reminder: Vendor Roundtable at Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

This is one final reminder that CRIV will be hosting the Vendor Roundtable at the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at 11:45AM to 12:45PM on Sunday, July 19.

For more information about the Vendor Roundtable, see below.

Click here for information about other CRIV and vendor relations-themed sessions at AALL

Will you be in Philadelphia for the Annual Meeting?

Please join us for the annual Vendor Roundtable: Marketing, Discovery, Navigation, and Other Win-Win Opportunities for Libraries and Vendors.

How do patrons know about your research tools? Do patrons know how to use them? Will patrons be able to find what they need? How can librarians and vendors work together to improve these and other aspects of research? We’ll be discussing these questions and more at this year’s CRIV Vendor Roundtable. This session will be held during the AALL Annual meeting in Philadelphia from 11:45AM to 12:45PM on Sunday, July 19th, at the Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon A.

We look forward to an interesting and informative discussion between vendors and librarians!


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