ALM Communication re: Am Law 100

This message is being posted on behalf of ALM’s Beckie Hubertus:

Thank you for raising the issue that our communication process regarding updates to our most recent Am Law 100 and 200 reports failed to notify subscribers immediately of errors that occurred in those reports.   I apologize for any frustration and confusion caused by this incident.

On May 4th we issued an update to the Am Law 100 report that was posted on our data base.  Unfortunately another error was discovered in the VPL numbers that were reported for 4 firms on the Am Law 200 report that was published on our ALM Intelligence database and Legal Compass.  A revision was made to the Am Law 200 report to correct this error as well.

The data printed in The American Lawyer magazine was not impacted by any of these issues.

At this time all subscribers and purchasers have been notified of this issue and the reports that are available on our database and website are up to date.

Again I apologize for any concern and confusion this has caused and appreciate the issue being brought to light in order for us to address the issue and correct our communication process.


Beckie Hubertus
Director of Research

Notes from CRIV Liaison and Bloomberg BNA 6/5/17 Call

CRIV Liaison and Bloomberg BNA Semi-Annual Meeting

June 5, 2017 at 2PM Eastern

Attendance and Introductions:

Present on the call were: Mike Bernier, Director of Library Relations, Bloomberg BNA; Diana Jaque, CRIV liaison; Rick Montella, Executive VP, Commercial Strategy, Bloomberg BNA; and Joe Breda, Executive VP, Product, Bloomberg BNA.

New Bloomberg BNA Products, Policies, and Other Issues of Interest to AALL Members

Joe Breda summarized major developments to Bloomberg Law since the last meeting. April had a big release which was the most comprehensive release to Bloomberg Law in five years. The changes impact all user segments. The major impetus was to adjust the interface to match how users use the product. The number of menus was trimmed down. Navigation now is on shown on the left side of the screen allowing users to see more content. Labels were changed to be more descriptive and the search bar has more functionality. It is now possible to navigate to any function from the navigation bar. For example, it is possible to access docket searching or find a book directly from the search bar. Searching itself has been improved. The product now supports natural language searching, but Boolean searches are still fully supported. After running a search, users will see results sorted by content types such as primary, secondary sources, and regulations. The group agreed this will be especially helpful for law students. The search bar is dynamic and adjusts to the source that is being searched and tries to hone in on where you are in the product.

The Labor & Employment Practice Center was also updated in April with new content and functionality. It includes an activity heat map state and local for news and shows what is trending. As of now, there are enhanced practice centers in labor & employment, tax, privacy and data security, intellectual property, and employee benefits. More enhanced practice centers, including health care, will be coming in 2018.

Bloomberg BNA has received very specific feedback on some of the April changes including changes to docket searching. The search forms were simplified, and docket power users have asked for some parts of the old search form to be returned. In response to feedback, Bloomberg BNA is vetting additional changes with users and a solution will be implemented soon.

Rick Montella reported that two separate customer contact and support teams have existed in separate locations since the 2014 merger of Bloomberg Law into Bloomberg BNA.  In the next few weeks, these two teams will come together in Bloomberg BNA’s Arlington, Virginia headquarters, all sitting together in order better collaborate to enhance the customer experience.

For the academic market, Mike Bernier reinforced that the training focus will be on second and third year students with online training available for all students and staff. Bloomberg BNA will still provide 1L activation codes on registration cards in print or by PDF or via spreadsheets depending on the schools’ preference.

Requests for Assistance/Member Advocacy Issues (Diana)

There were no member requests for assistance received since our last meeting.

Questions/Updates (Diana)

Diana inquired if there is a current date to sunset Bloomberg BNA responded that no date has been set. The Bloomberg BNA web site continues to be updated in real time for the foreseeable future.

CRIV Vendor Roundtable: Sunday, July 16th at 1PM

Meeting ended at approximately 2:30 PM Eastern

LexisNexis acquires Ravel Law

Today, LexisNexis announced their acquisition of Ravel Law. Read the LexisNexis press release here.

New Copyright News on the European Front

Read on to learn how unintended consequences for a suit brought against Google hinges on a German law referred to as English as the Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers:  “German Publishers’ Lawsuit Against Google Threatens to Backfire.”

New twist in the copyright wars

The proverb “he who laughs last, laughs longest” comes to mind here:

New Law Journal Press Blog Will Include Pricing and Release Schedules

Tonya Knudson from Law Journal Press contacted me recently and let me know that now LJP will publish their pricing and release schedules via their new blog:

Important Copyright Legislation to watch

In light of last week’s passage of House bill H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 this blog spot offers three articles and a blog post gleaned from Against the Grain that illustrate the problems of politicizing this key Copyright position, traditionally appointed and managed by the Librarian of Congress.

As illustrated in “A Worrisome Harbinger of Changes in Copyright Law” from the Chronicle, in addition to H.R. 1695, there are two more bills on the horizon:

Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (H.R.4241) and the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R.5757), expected to be re-introduced as part of the copyright-reform movement.

H.R. 4241: “This bill establishes the U.S. Copyright Office as a separate independent agency in the legislative branch, to be headed by a Director appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. (Currently, the Copyright Office is part of the Library of Congress [LOC] and is headed by the Register of Copyrights.)”

H.R.5757:  “This bill establishes in the U.S. Copyright Office a small claims board to serve as an alternative forum for parties to voluntarily seek to resolve certain copyright claims if the total monetary recovery sought by a party does not exceed $30,000.”

All three legislative initiatives could have wide-ranging implications for academic institutions, starting with making the Register of Copyrights a Presidential political appointee, the move that just passed the House last week.

Notably from “Big Content Cheers as Congress Votes on Changes to US Copyright Office” (an article posted in Ars Technica) opponents to these measures cite this concern among others:

“Special interests will be involved in picking the person who makes decisions over copyright,” said Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) during debate today on the House floor. “Congress is choosing big powerful interests over consumers, over innovation, and over the little guy.”

Further reading on this important development to watch:

“New Bill Would Let Trump Pick the Next Register of Copyrights”

“‘Register of Copyrights’ Bill Easily Passes House”

“Library Copyright Alliance Continues Opposition to Register of Copyrights Bill”