CRIV Liaison and Bloomberg BNA Semi-Annual Meeting
July 16, 2018, at 11:30 AM ET
Attendance and Introductions:
The semi-annual meeting took place on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Hilton Hotel during the annual meeting. The following people attended:
• Kirstin Nelson, 2017-2018 CRIV liaison
• R. Martin Witt, 2018-2019 CRIV liaison
• C.J. Pipins, 2018-2019 CRIV Chair
• Mary Jenkins, Executive Board Liaison
• Joe Breda, President, Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg BNA
• Rick Montella, Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Bloomberg BNA
• Mike Bernier, Director of Library Relations, Bloomberg BNA
New Bloomberg BNA Products, Policies, and Other Issues of Interest to AALL Members
Bloomberg Law News
The upgrade of Bloomberg BNA Law Reports to the news platform is about three-quarters complete. The enhanced news products feature real-time delivery, custom alerts, a better mobile experience, and more. Users can now read three full news stories on a mobile device without entering login credentials. News content moved to the new platform includes Labor & Employment and Benefits & Executive Compensation, Intellectual Property and Tech & Telecom, and Litigation and Bankruptcy Law Reports. Some publications have been renamed.
Key titles changes as of July are:
• Bankruptcy Law News: which replaces Bankruptcy Law Reporter;
• Class Action Litigation News: which replaces Class Action Litigation Report;
• White Collar & Criminal Law News: which replaces Criminal Law Reporter and White Collar Crime Report;
• Product Liability & Toxics Law News: which replaces Product Safety & Liability Reporter and Toxics Law Reporter;
• E-Discovery & Legal Tech News replaces Digital Discovery & E-Evidence; and
• Product Liability & Toxic Law News replaces Expert Evidence Report
More changes are expected through the year with regular communications to customers about the changes.
Bloomberg Law continues to focus on the development of data analytics tools. Last year Docket Key was released, a tool that uses machine learning to classify underlying filings. Earlier this year, Bloomberg released Health Care Fraud Analytics which enables subscribers to search and filter health care fraud settlement agreements by court, entity, allegation, and date. More recently, SEC Administrative Law Judge Enforcement Analytics was launched. This tool examines trends and outcomes of SEC regulatory actions. Bloomberg Law plans to enhance existing content and release new data analytics tools in the future.
New Partnership with John Wiley & Sons
In February 2018, Bloomberg Law announced a new alliance with John Wiley & Sons. The partnership added over 60 titles covering a variety of legal practice topics, including corporate, IP, privacy, and cybersecurity.
Litigation Intelligence Center
Bloomberg Law recently introduced the Litigation Intelligence Center. The Center provides access to dockets and underlying documents, Docket Key, and docket alerts for tracking and business development. The Center uses Points of Law, an AI tool that decreases research time and quickly identifies appropriate language to strengthen legal arguments, for case law research. The case law research function includes access to BCite, Bloomberg Law’s citator. Litigation Analytics is included to provide analysis and information on law firms, judges, and companies.
Requests for Assistance/Member Advocacy Issues
There were ten formal requests for member advocacy filed with AALL. There were additional requests submitted to the CRIV committee. All requests for member advocacy focused on three main issues. They are:
1. Discontinuing print titles for existing subscribers
Bloomberg BNA is moving toward digital-only publishing. This decision is grounded in the reality that more and more libraries are moving away from subscribing to print titles. Bloomberg BNA stopped selling print titles to new subscribers over two years ago and is now moving existing subscribers to the same electronic-only access model. Three publications will continue in print.. Tax Management Portfolios (TMP) and Corporate Practice Series (CPS) will continue in print for until a date TBD.. No print sunset has been determined at this time. Subscribers will be notified in advance when an end date is determined. The ABA/BNA Manual of Professional Conduct will continue in print for the foreseeable future. BNA Books will continue in print and are not impacted by this policy.
2. Requiring a Bloomberg Law subscription for continued access to print Tax Management Portfolios
As accounts come up for renewal, libraries that wish to continue to receive the print version of TMP must license one or more seats to Bloomberg Law. Libraries that prefer electronic-access only are not required to continue a print subscription. Libraries also have the option to subscribe to Bloomberg Law: Tax and other Bloomberg BNA publications currently for sale on a designated-user license, as opposed to the entire Bloomberg Law platform. Bloomberg Law: Tax includes access to the Tax Management Portfolios. A standalone patron access terminal for just the Tax Management Portfolios is not available. The Patron Access Terminals have access to all of Bloomberg Law.
For libraries that provide public access in state, public, and government libraries, a Patron Access electronic license to the full Bloomberg platform is required. Libraries have the option to pay the additional cost to keep TMP or CPS in print until they cease publication. Patron access must be provided at a single-user access point and is priced at $13,390 per seat. Some libraries may require multiple seats with the number determined during the renewal process.
3. The cost and number of seats required to subscribe to or renew Bloomberg Law
For accounts that do not need to provide public access, there are a variety of subscription options. Subscribers can license the full Bloomberg Law platform, which contains all available content, or select segments based on specific areas of law. The list of products can be found on the Bloomberg Law website. A sales representative will determine whether individual or practice group level licenses are required. This is determined by a range of factors such a size of firm, size of practice group and additional metrics. To review options, contact your Bloomberg Law sales representative.
The meeting ended at approximately 12:30 pm.