Legal publishing alliances

OK I am going to say it yet again. Legal news is Hot!. It is only the first week of January and I am announcing the third important change in the Legal News market in three days. On Sunday ALM announced that they were continuing their licensing agreement with Lexis on a non-exclusive basis. Today

This week Casemaker and vLex announced an innovative partnership with the Kentucky Bar Association making the AI enabled research Assistant Vincent available to every lawyer in Kentucky. I wrote about the launch of the Vincent AI assistant in October 2018. Casemaker provides the primary law underpinning the vLex US collection. Vincent is the only Artificial Intelligence tool that can analyze legal documents in two languages (English and Spanish) and across 10 countries.

Under the new agreement all Kentucky Bar members will have access to vLex and Vincent through either the Casemaker or vLex Platform. Kentucky Bar Association members have  had access to Casemaker since 2005. Kentucky Bar Association President summarized the significance of this alliance as a great equalizer for members. “We are thrilled to continue our valued relationship with Casemaker, and now to build upon that by offering cutting-edge AI capabilities to our members,” said John Meyers, Executive Director of the KBA. “For smaller firms, in particular, this will be a great equalizer, enabling them to tap into technology previously only available to the very largest firms in the country.”

Additional vLex Developments vLex recently entered into an arrangement with the  Alberta Law Libraries to provide
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Reposting Press Release: Selected ABA content to be available on vLex platform will provides AI enabled legal research platform with content with material from over 100 countries. Wonder if this could lead to  vLex content being available to ABA members in the future?

A new partnership between vLex and the American Bar Association (ABA) brings hundreds of valuable and authoritative legal books and journals to millions of legal practitioners, law firms and educational institutions around the world.

As one of the largest legal publishers in the world, the American Bar Association publishes a wide selection of books and journals across multiple subject areas. Now, a broad selection of these titles will be available on vLex’s unique legal research and intelligence platform alongside global legal content from over 100 countries.

This partnership brings a wealth of benefits to international practitioners, comparative researchers and law librarians alike. With advanced legal technology features such as AI-driven search as a gateway to essential primary and secondary legal materials all in one location, vLex, enhanced by ABA content, delivers unparalleled value for vLex users worldwide. The new books and journals available on vLex will cover areas of the law such as business, litigation, intellectual property, international, tax, cybersecurity and arbitration.

Beyond the benefits to vLex customers, this partnership provides ABA authors with an expanded global audience and new platform on which to feature their legal content. vLex’s CEO Lluis Faus shares his enthusiasm for the new partnership:

“This is a key partnership for vLex globally. The ABA is the largest American legal publisher in terms of secondary source content, and through this collaboration we will be able to integrate world-leading thought leadership content on subject areas including intellectual property, international law and many others for our users.”
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Fastcase is taking on Lexis Nexis Law360 and American Lawyer Media with their relaunch of Law Street Media with a “high tech industry offering”. According to David Nayer, Editor in Chief of Law Street Media, they will focus on “legal news that leads to business.”

The strategy will be to focus on emerging legal news by industry  and  offer  readers the ability to track litigation, companies, and firms within industry sectors. According to the press release,  “The first service will cover high tech and will leverage Fastcase’s wealth of real-time docket, litigation, and analytics information to create legal news that generates business for its users. This segment features emerging litigation in technology, from data privacy and government regulation, to the privacy rights of individuals from hacking, to the commercialization of their private information. Articles include coverage of tech giants, emerging tech, tech policy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property.”

In addition to reading legal news online at, readers can subscribe for customized daily delivery of the day’s stories at There is no charge to subscribe or access full articles.

Law Street Media was founded by legal journalist John Jenkins in 2013 and acquired by Fastcase in 2018 The press release state that “the reboot of Law Street is part of  Fastcase’s goal of “democratizing the law and providing a smarter approach to legal research. Law Street’s industry-by-industry approach keeps the focus of news stories on clients.”

What to Watch – Competing With Free?. Fastcase is launching  Law Street Media at at particularly fraught  time in the legal news market. American Lawyer Media is the granddaddy of legal news reporting has had an exclusive alliance with LexisNexis. This is rumored to be up for renewal. Will ALM opt to go independent?. Bloomberg which was already in the news business
Continue Reading Fastcase Brings Down the Legal News Paywall With Relaunch of Law Street Media – Market Disruption to Follow?

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters spent the past week showing off newproductsand features at the annual American Association of Law Libraries ( AALL)  Meeting and Conference in Washington DC.  Since the close of the conference on Tuesday, each has announced a new alliance of some kind.

  • Thompson Reuters acquired HighQ Software

Fastcase continues its content expansion strategy. Today they are announcing a new partnership with James Publishing. James Publishing, founded in 1981, publishes  legal practice materials  including model pleadings, client letters, and step-by-step procedural checklists, pattern arguments, model questions,  and practice tips. According to their website they focus on federal practice as well as practice in

Fastcase and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)  announced the launch of a new biannual law journal  focused on the tumultuous landscape of immigration law. The journal which is to launch in 2019, will cover “current and pragmatic” immigration law topics. Editor-in-Chief is Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor of Law at Penn State Law in University Park.

Earlier this year I wrote a post  about Fastcase’s launch of it’s own  publishing imprint – Full Court Press. The AILA Law Journal will be the second  Full Court Press journal following  RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.   Like RAIL, the new journal will be available in print, as an eBook, and within the Fastcase legal research
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