Lexis Acquires Lex Machina

Under the headline, “Lex Machina is Accelerating With LexisNexis,” Lex Machina announced this morning that it had been acquired by the larger corporation.

Robert Ambrogi discusses the deal (while it was still an unconfirmed rumor) here. His report of the confirmation of the deal is here.

Additional coverage from Bloomberg BNA is here.

Text of the announcement email from Lex Machina is below:

Today we’re excited to share that Lex Machina has agreed to be acquired by LexisNexis. We will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity within North American Research Solutions at LexisNexis Legal & Professional.

Lex Machina’s mission is to be bring Legal Analytics to all of the law. With the acquisition we will increase our ability to fulfill this mission and accelerate our timetable. As part of one of the largest and most successful content providers in the world, Lex Machina now has access to a vast collection of litigation documents. Leveraging this data on our Legal Analytics platform, we will be able to deliver unprecedented insights for attorneys of all areas of the law.

We will also be able to innovate faster and roll out more features and products to continue to help IP attorneys provide the best service to their clients, win more cases, and win more business. And we’ll gain additional resources to scale our engineering, customer success, and support teams, allowing us to focus even more on our customers.

All of us at Lex Machina are very excited about the road ahead. Please let us know if you have questions or would like to learn more about Legal Analytics.

Thank you,

Your Lex Machina Team

The CRIV Sheet V 38, No. 1 is now available!

The next edition of The CRIV Sheet is available now. This is the first digital only edition. For this issue, we’ve continued the tradition of an AALL Annual Meeting wrap-up issue. We have several summaries of programs. If you missed the meeting or were not able to attend a program due to scheduling conflicts or just want a quick refresher, you will find these recaps to be valuable.



LexisNexis and ALM Deepen Ties

LexisNexis and ALM have extended their partnership for another five years. LexisNexis will remain the exclusive non-ALM home for ALM content and looks to be the primary provider for ALM archival content. In addition to access, the agreement also affects customer service and billing operations for some subscribers.

Jean O’Grady has a Q&A with ALM’s Molly Miller here.

Robert Ambrogi discusses the impact of this agreement, including his perspective as a former ALM author/editor here.

Thanks to PinHawk for the alert.

Harvard and Ravel Law’s “Free the Law” Project

The Free the Law project involves the digitization of Harvard Law’s entire case law collection, which will be available for free on Ravel. After eight years, the digitized collection will be available in bulk to anyone.

The press release is here. Ravel’s announcement on its blog (and accompanying video) is here.

Further details were published on Harvard Law Library blog, Et Seq.

The New York Times article announcing the project is here.

Seton Hall law professor Brian Sheppard had a more skeptical take (as to the “access to justice” angle, at least) here.

Vendor News: Thomson Reuters Restructures Westlaw Account Rep Team

Yesterday afternoon at least some law schools received the following message from Brian Knudsen, Vice-President (Government Segment) at Thomson Reuters.

We are writing today to inform you of an upcoming change to the way Thomson Reuters supports our law school customers.  As we refocus our efforts in law schools, beginning with the new semester, academic account managers will become part of the larger customer team that focuses on government and undergraduate academic customers.

The integrated government and academic customer team will result in a significantly larger team that will support law schools, offering greater geographic coverage and flexibility during peak times.  In addition, we feel this change provides expanded opportunities for students and faculty to benefit from a team that works directly with practicing attorneys every day on Westlaw and software tools.  Your account management team will continue to provide the highest-quality support for Westlaw, TWEN and your law school programs to drive student success.

This change, while providing more resources to support your law school, will unfortunately result in some academic account managers losing their positions.  As you can imagine, decisions that affect the jobs of our employees are difficult.  It is our hope that as many affected employees as possible find a suitable position within Thomson Reuters.

An academic account manager will continue to work with you on scheduling and establishing goals for training, while continuing to support your students. Your academic account manager also will look for an opportunity soon to introduce you to the government account management team members who will help support your school.

At Thomson Reuters, we have a proud tradition of providing high-quality products and services to our law school customers.  Thank you for your support and feedback as we launch this enhanced approach to serving law schools and students.

All the best,

Brian Knudsen

Vice President, Government Segment

Lisa Schwie

Vice President, Government Sales and Account Management

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YNL9YFX.

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.


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