Wolters Kluwer partners with US Legal Forms

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory announced yesterday that they are partnering with US Legal Forms, the leading online publisher of state-specific legal documents.  WK customers will soon have acces to thousands of customizable forms spanning hundreds of practice areas through Cheetah.  So far, the practice areas with state-specific forms available are:

  • Elder and Estates law
  • Family Law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Litigation
  • Many more practice areas are to come

Additional features of WK Legal Forms include remote access to the forms so that you can work on the go and edit them forms along the way; and the ability to package and customize your forms depending on your firms needs.  I couldn’t find out much about this on the WK site except for the option to Request a Demo here.  There is also a PR Newswire release available here.

PACER Docket Alerts available for free from CourtListener

On August 8th, CourtListener, a core project of the Free Law Project, announced the availability of PACER Docket Alerts.  Once set up, a docket alert will send you an email whenever there is a new filing in the case.  The database is by no means user friendly.  It took me a while to figure out that I first had to register for an account before I would be able to set up an alert.  But the service is free and pulls directly from PACER websites using their RSS feeds.  Another source for the filings include contributions from RECAP, an extension for Firefox or Chrome that will donate the documents you purchase on PACER to the public collection in Free Law.  Read more about this new service here.

 

Fastcase enters alliance with Wolters Kluwer to add Treatises

Fastcase has been busy lately.  They announced their acquisition of Docket Alarm on January 10th, and last week they announced a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US to provide an expanded collection of treatises, handbooks, and other secondary sources to legal researchers through the Fastcase platform.  This includes more than 150 titles from a broad array of legal specialties such as bankruptcy, consumer finance, elder law, employment, litigation, health law, insurance, pension and benefits, and real estate.  These titles will be fully integrated and searchable within the Fastcase system and available now to lawyers in firms smaller than 10 lawyers.  Firms of 10 or more will still purchase access through Wolters Kluwer.  Current Fastcase users will see the new treatises in search libraries immediately.  Click here to read the Fastcase press release.

Fastcase acquires Docket Alarm

Last week Fastcase announced that it was acquiring Docket Alarm, a docket alerting and analytics company.  Docket Alarm was founded by Michael Sander, who started developing the technology for the product while he was working as an IP litigator.  Constantly doing repetitive tasks, he created a set of tools to track and analyze judicial trends in lawsuits and bankruptcies in federal, state, and administrative courts.  Adding these features to Fastcase’s database of judicial opinion data will allow subscribers to get clear analytic insights into judges and law firms.  Sander will be staying on at Fastcase to help build out and expand the platform he created.  Read the press release here.

Thomson Reuters acquires O’Connors

Thomson Reuters has acquired O’Connors, publisher of state and federal legal deskbooks.   According to TR, any immediate changes should be invisible to their customers.  In the future, however, it is expected that TR and O’Connors will work together to enhance the products.   Read the announcement here..