Fastcase’s Docket Alarm Adds Deadline Display

Fastcase acquired Docket Alarm in January 2018. Docket Alarm is a legal analytics tool that can be used to identify judicial trends and identify possible outcomes of litigation. Deadline display is Docket Alarm’s newest feature. Deadline display gleans any deadlines from the docket and automatically displays them to users viewing the docket sheet. This allows users to see at a glance all upcoming events in a case. Deadlines are also searchable; allowing users to see upcoming work by firm or type of filing. The deadlines can also be exported to Google or Outlook calendars to allow for easy integration into work processes.As of March 14, deadline display is included as a complimentary feature for all Docket Alarm users.

More on the UC and Elsevier Split

On February 28, the University of California (UC) announced that it would not be renewing its subscription with Elsevier. In its negotiations, UC was trying to ensure that research produced by its campuses would be freely available to researchers around the globe immediately. According to UC, Elsevier was proposing to charge UC authors large fees on top of the existing multi-million dollar contract the University had for access to Elsevier journals. In a stance in support of open access, UC decided to walk away from Elsevier entirely. The UC Academic Council released a statement on the same day, supporting the efforts to negotiate to ensure open access to research. Elsevier released a statement in response via twitter. In the statement, Elsevier expresses disappointment that the negotiations were broken off by UC and says that it put forward a proposal to support the multi-payer open access requests by allowing researchers the choice to publish for open access as well as a “scaled path to reduce costs for each campus library.”  Berkeley News interviewed University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, who served as the co-chair of the negotiation team for UC. According to MacKie-Mason, UC wanted to reduce costs (the University was paying $11 million in subscriptions to Elsevier each year) and ensure open access for UC authors publishing with Elsevier. UC was asking for a contract that integrated a paid subscription fee with the open access publishing fees, which is a new approach. The offer by Elsevier agreed to do this, but at a much higher cost of around $30 million more per three year contract. The main idea is to makeup the loss in subscriptions by moving to a market that charges for the publishing, rather than for the reading as it works now. MacKie-Mason pointed out that although UC is the first University system to cut ties with Elsevier in the U.S., the Max Planck Society, University Alliance in Sweden, and University Alliance in Hungary have already done so.

National Law Journal Releases its Best of List for 2019

The National Law Journal released its Best of List for 2019. The list is based on votes from lawyers and firm administrators. Categories include accounting, ADR, consulting, education, litigation support, marketing, real estate, recruitment, research, and technology. The top three legal research providers (including print, & digital products and software as a service) were Thomson Reuters Westlaw, LexisNexis (Lexis Advance/Lexis.com), and Bloomberg Law. The best solo firm/practitioner research providers were LexisNexis (Lexis Advance/Lexis.com), Thomson Reuters Westlaw, and Justia. The best legal research apps were Westlaw App, Lexis Advance HD, and Bloomberg. The best legal news apps were Bloomberg Law Insights, LexisNexis Legal News Briefs, and Westlaw Portfolio.

Dewey B Strategic’s “Hits and Misses” Survey

In yesterday’s Dewey B Strategic blog, Jean O’Grady announced her “Hits and Misses” survey (which replaces the “Start and Stop” survey).  The survey, which closes on January 31st, asks participants to share their thoughts on what went right and what went wrong in the legal publishing industry in 2018.  As Jean mentions, there were a number of pivotal events announced last year, e.g. TR’s layoff, transitions in BNA’s content and AALL’s hiring of an attorney to address member complaints against Lexis.  With all that is happening in the industry, it will be interesting to see the Survey results! 

To read more, visit Jean’s blog here: https://www.deweybstrategic.com/2019/01/welcome-first-dewey-b-strategic-hits-misses-survey-legal-publishers-get-right-wrong-2018.html. 

CRIV and Wolters Kluwer Bi-Annual Call

CRIV/ Wolters Kluwer Semi-Annual Vendor Liaison Call

Thursday November 29th, 2018

11am Central

Participants: Vani Ungapen, Jennifer Ellis, Chris Pamboukes, and C.J. Pipins

Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Outstanding Requests for Advocacy – None
  3. AALL Programs, Activities, or Business of Interest to WK
    • CRIV Vendor roundtable at AALL – CJ will keep everyone in the loop once scheduling and topic selection are complete. One topic idea is Artificial Intelligence. WK recently had an event in which the focus was AI and security, so they will definitely be able to participate in such a discussion.
  4. WK Programs, Activities, or Business of Interest to CRIV and/or AALL
  5. New library relations contact at Wolters Kluwer
    • Chris Pamboukes is leaving WK, and CRIV’s interim contact will be Jenna Ellis.
  6. New enhancements to WK platforms
    • Federal and International Securities (beta) related items button, based on machine learning and WK is requesting feedback from users as to the applicability and functionality of results: “This list of related documents is generated using a proprietary system of model-based machine learning algorithms which weight the distribution of topics and words along with the presence of inbound and outbound links. We’re piloting this feature in the Securities area and will expand to other content sets based on user feedback. Please, let us know how well this meets your expectations and anything you think can be improved.”
    • Topic Filter for Securities and Corporate research (see verbiage with pictures below):
Introducing the new Topic Filter for the Securities & Corporate content on Cheetah. Designed as both a pre- and post-search filter, this innovation allows users to quickly find content in the desired relevant area for a more targeted list of sources.
Topics will be added to the Filter Results as shown below:

CRIV WKNavigate to specific topics by drilling down to sub-topic levels, narrowing your search results further:

CRIV WK2

These new filters will replace Securities Topic Navigator, which is being discontinued. The new filters, being incorporated into the overall search process, should allow for a more integrated experience.

Westlaw rate increase on outside content

Thomson Reuters recently announced a rate increase on content outside of Westlaw fixed-rate contracts. Rate increases take effect on January 1, 2019. Customers should have received a letter containing links to details of the changes. Please contact your local rep for updated pricing or more information.

LexisNexis and CRIV Bi-Annual Call

CRIV / LexisNexis Fall Semiannual Call

Date: November 29, 2018

Participants: Carolyn Bach (Sr. Manager Librarian Relations and Faculty Programs, LexisNexis) and Teresa Harmon (Sr. Director Segment Manager, LexisNexis), Vani Ungapen (AALL Executive Director), CJ Pipins (CRIV Chair), Karen Provost (CRIV Liaison)

Requests for Advocacy:

  • There were two advocacy requests from law firms unable to renew their Law360 subscriptions without having a Lexis Advance contract. Lexis reached out to both firms to resolve, and provided us with this updated clarification around product packaging:

 “We’ve worked with Law Librarians and AALL over many years and deeply respect our longstanding relationship with this community. We see Law Librarians as critical collaborators in the journey to evolve our offerings and better serve all customers. It is in that same spirit that we’re engaging with AALL to fully understand the concerns that have been raised. Ultimately, our goal is to provide legal information and analytics that help lawyers cut through vast amounts of data to efficiently gain insights, make better decisions, and achieve the best outcomes possible.

We appreciated the time and effort the AALL leadership team put into sharing their insights on our products and pricing.  We will certainly keep these perspectives in mind as we move forward.  We also were grateful for the opportunity to discuss our integrated product strategy and our compliance process that includes internal and external legal review of all pricing and packaging prior to release to customers.  Since pricing and packaging plans vary by customer type and are customized to meet specific customer needs, we encourage members to follow-up with their LexisNexis account representative with any questions regarding their firm’s specifics.”

  • Monthly invoices for online products started to include a $2 charge per paper invoice. Customers were notified in the three prior invoices that a print invoice charge is forthcoming and were directed to the registration process for electronic invoicing. LexisNexis has worked hard to improve the online billing service and PowerInvoice so that all customers can enjoy hassle-free paperless billing. This offers a much more complete billing experience than paper: customers can view their invoices, statement of account, or pay an invoice at any time in PowerInvoice.
    To avoid this charge, simply register to receive electronic invoice notification emails via Powerinvoice. After viewing an invoice cite list, open invoices or you statement of account, click on register for online account management link to sign up, or contact your LexisNexis representative to assist.

New Product Release: We are very excited to share the news about Context on Lexis Advance. A new product that released on November 29th. Context is the legal industry’s first and only language analytics product that helps legal professionals build the best arguments for cases by knowing how judges are likely to rule on motions. Powerful language analytics are deployed across millions of documents, so one can quickly identify the language a specific judge frequently relies on and understand how an expert’s testimony stands up to judicial scrutiny.

Law School faculty received access to Context on Nov. 29th as part of their law school’s subscription. Students will have access in January.

All commercial customers can preregister for free access for a limited time here.

Lexis Advance enhancements:

  • Ravel View:

 

Ravel View is unique data visualization tool on Lexis Advance that helps users find the most influential cases faster, including cases that may have been overlooked. After running a search in case law, users can select the Ravel View icon that displays an interactive visual map of the top 75 cases and how they connect and interact with one another. Shepard’s® treatment is also integrated so researchers can quickly determine if a case has been treated positively or negatively. A popular tool among associates and law students.

  • Custom Pages and Non-billable zones:

 

Non-billable zones on Lexis Advance are a new custom solution exclusively available for law firm administrators to build and centrally control content sets. They can be shared firm wide or they can be sent to group within the firm. A key benefit is that users in a non-billable zone can easily transition to and from billable research. Also, non-billable zone-specific usage can be tracked in PowerInvoice™ and reduce billing data admin.

A clarification, where non-billable zones are set up by administrators, we also have a solution for end users called Custom Pages that released last spring. This is a tool that individual users can access to set up their own personal custom page with their go to sources etc.

  • Shepard’s:

 

– The new Shepard’s case card visually displays Shepard’s treatment, including the number of citations for each treatment, right from the results screen, helping researchers determine case relevance faster while browsing through their case law results. Plus view the most cited headnote in the case and display the Reason for Shepard’s Signal™ language—the language from citing references that most influenced a case’s Shepard’s Signal.

Shepard’s treatment for Notice of Appeal Filed has been applied to federal cases generating a yellow caution signal.

-Shepard’s treatment has been applied to statute sub-sections in select jurisdictions.

    • History grace period: Commercial customers who bill research can re-run searches within 24 hours without incurring an additional charge (from the search box, history or saved in Work Folders).
    • New segments in Jury Verdict & Settlements, Law Reviews & Journals and Company profile content
    • Federal case law enhancements: notice of appeal terminated and reporter placeholder for new Federal cases
    • Filter improvements in News content
    • Law360 newsletters now include hyperlinks to Lexis Advance for cited references.

Lexis Practice Advisor enhancements and new offerings:

  • New offerings: Data Security & Privacy, Tax, Private Equity and Investment Management, Financial Services Regulations. These practical guidance modules include access to practice notes, forms, clauses, checklists, secondary content, and relevant primary law.
  • State Law Comparison Tools: The new State Law Comparison Tool helps researchers quickly compare laws across states. The tool is available now for Labor & Employment, Data Security & Privacy and Intellectual Property & Technology, and will expand to more practice areas.
  • Smart Forms: The Lexis® Smart Forms tool provides automated legal templates in a question and answer format. The tool builds documents with the right data and clauses based on user answers. Completed forms can be downloaded as Microsoft® Word files (.docx) or PDF.
  • Smart forms are included in select Lexis Practice Advisor® practice areas including Commercial Transactions, Corporate and M&A, and Labor & Employment, with more on the way.
  • 2019 plans: Enhancements planned for Transaction Search, drafting solutions and developing more industry content in Financial Services, Insurance, Energy, Life Sciences, and Healthcare.

    AALL Updates – LexisNexis is continuing their sponsorship for the 2019 AALL Call for Papers and their longstanding LexisNexis AALL research grants.