A year  after announcing an alliance with Fastcase, Ross Intelligence  posted a press release  today announcing that they will be shutting down on January 31, 2021. Ross Intelligence launched as the darling of the legal tech media with bold promises to replace Lexis and Westlaw. There were months of bold headlines featuring Ross enabled “robot lawyers.”

The press release implies that the closing is related to the high cost of defending a lawsuit brought by Thomson Reuters which was reported on by Bob Ambrogi.

Ross was unable to raise necessary funding for innovation.  According to the press release their focus going forward will be transitioning their customers to other platforms: Fastcase, Casetext and vLex.

 What This Means for Ross Customers

ROSS will continue to be available as it is today until January 31, 2021. Each customer will be able to export their personal data, including all data from their saved folders, beginning in January. We will be working with our customers to transition them to other services — including platforms by our friends at Fastcase, vLex and Casetext.

More to follow on this developing story.

This week LexisNexis announced the launch of  Survey of Commercial Lease Terms  in Practical Guidance — a unique analytics resource for real estate practitioners. In October I covered the launch of Practical Guidance Market Standards for M & A.

Daniel Lewis, VP and GM of Practical Guidance and Analytic at LexisNexis provided me with a preview of the Survey of Commercial Lease  Terms. Legal analytics products are generally built on top of publicly available datasets. Lewis described the new product which
includes data from private deals as built on a “give to get” model. Large, medium and small law firms have contributed data about the commercial leases they have worked on in order to get access to the data set and reports. Unlike other products the data is anonymized. Continue Reading LexisNexis Releases Commercial Lease Analytics Product and COVID-19 Real Estate Impact Report

Law.com  reported today that the Open Courts Act of 2020 has been passed by the House of Representatives.  In a time of fierce partisanship, this is a bi-partisan bill introduced by two Georgia representatives:  Republican, Rep. Doug Collins and Democrat, Rep. Hank Johnson. The bill will now needs to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President.

Earlier this week, 2O legal tech executives sent a letter (reprinted below) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supporting passage of H.R. 8235.

I spoke to Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase  one of the signatories. Walters described the letter as coming from an informal coalition of legal tech entrepreneurs and innovators who acted quickly to get the letter out when they learned that the bill was coming up for a floor vote. The letter points out something that is obvious to knowledge professionals. The prohibitive cost of aggregating Pacer documents – the core building blocks of federal analytics is stifling innovation.  Pacer documents represent the raw material which can be transformed by intelligent tagging and artificial intelligence into powerful insights for both litigants and access to justice advocates.  There are no losers if Pacer can be transformed by technology and intelligent planning. I agree with Walters and his colleagues that free Pacer could drive a Continue Reading Can We Afford Not to Modernize Pacer? Open Courts Act Passes House Vote But Enactment Not a Done Deal

This past fall,  husband and wife tech team Chris Ford and Nikki Shaver launched an important new technology resource: Legaltechnologyhub.com. Legaltechhub (LTH) is a curated database of legal technology tools, which is enhanced with extensive and careful tagging and taxonomy. The founders are well known throughout the legal tech community. Ford is CMO at the tech company Zero, and Shaver is a former practicing attorney and renowned KM and innovation thought leader. According to Ford and Shaver, LTH took almost a year to build. It was clearly a labor of love in which they made a large personal investment of both time and money. LTH currently includes descriptions of 1,621 products from 84 countries. The database can be searched, filtered, and browsed.

This is a platform that makes me slap my forehead and shout, “Why didn’t I think of that!”

The press release described LTH as “addressing a need for an updated, user-driven resource to find the right legal technology anywhere in the world. LTH is a free resource for users and offers free listings to vendors. Tech companies can opt for fee-based enhanced listings which will include more descriptive content and even  videos.”

Yes, there’s Google, but a Google search for legal technology will deliver a hideously bloated and imprecise list of “hits.” I searched for ‘legal project management” software on Google and in .53 seconds it serviced up a truly useless 811,000,000 results which were both repetitive and unreliable. A similar search in LTH delivered 18 product descriptions which I was able to refine by applying additional filters. Continue Reading Legaltechnologyhub.com: Find The Right Technology Tool Fast

 Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., today announced the integration of its Federal Developments Knowledge Center (FDKC) with its award-winning Cheetah platform. The easy-to-use FDKC platform has been enhanced with range of new features and is now available on 18 practice areas dashboards on Cheetah. The integration will help users monitor all newly issued executive actions, proposed bills and rules, enacted laws and final rules in real time across over 800 agencies and sub-agencies of the federal government.

FDKC’s integration with Cheetah allows users to access even deeper expertise within their workflow, providing the ability to search, get alerts, and receive daily news and updates for all types of federal bills, proposed and final regulations and executive actions in a single platform. With FDKC, legal professionals have the ability to customize and monitor specific topics in real time to advise their clients on new opportunities, mitigate risk and offer strategic counsel. By integrating FDKC by practice area, legal professionals can research current laws and regulations and potential legislative changes all in one place. The result is a greater ability to understand and advise clients about existing laws and potential changes to laws.

Features of FDKC integrated with Cheetah include:

  • Real-time alerts: Customizable alerts on legislation, rules and executive actions through FDKC can significantly reduce time spent on research;
  • Source documents: FDKC provides quick access to source documents from Congress, the executive branch, and federal agencies; and
  • Practice area-specific alerts: Users can access synopses, impacts, and next step analyses on legislation, rules and actions curated by Wolters Kluwer’s deep domain experts.

“The volume of executive, legislative and regulatory information created at the federal level continues to grow, and with a change in administration on the horizon, monitoring relevant government activity will become an even more time consuming and challenging task for legal professionals,” said Ken Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager of Legal Markets at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. “The newly integrated legislative tracking capabilities now available at a practice area level in Cheetah provides legal professionals with tools to cut through hundreds of updates to get to exactly the information they need to effectively advise their clients about the potential impact of changes to laws and regulations.”

For more information and to request a demo, click here.

 

 

Today Casetext is announcing the release of the new Compose motion drafting collection for Products Liability: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device. According to the press release last year they were 10,000 mass torts in Philadelphia alone one of the hotspots for products liability litigation.. This release will bring the total number of motions available on Compose to 60.
This is the second topical collection announced since Compose launched in February 2020. In September they launched  a collection for employment law motions. In an earlier post I described how Compose offers to make lawyers more efficient by automating the first draft of a motion or brief. They also released a study reporting the Compose can reduce the drafting time by 75%.
“We are very excited to announce products liability as our next area of focus for compose said case text CEOJake Heller. “Finding cost-effective ways to provide high-quality representation as a top priority for many of our customers firms. We are confident that compose can help by enabling them to efficiently address a high-volume products liability cases while at the same time ensuring they never miss an argument in a high stakes case.”
The new collection covers 20 motions all tailored specifically to legal issues arising in pharmaceutical and medical device products liability litigation::
  • California New York New Jersey and Pennsylvania state motion
  • Motion to compel discovery
  • Motion to exclude expert testimony
  • Motion for summary judgment
Federal court:
  • Notice of removal to federal court
  • Notice of Romain to state court
  • Motion to compel discovery
  • Motion to exclude expert testimony
  • Motions for summary judgment applying California New York New Jersey and Pennsylvania substantive law
The following motions are immediately available to compose clients
  • California motion to exclude expert testimony
  • New Jersey motion for summary judgment
  • Pennsylvania motion for summary judgment
  • Federal notice of removal to federal court
  • Federal motion to reman to state court
 The remaining motions in the collection will be rolled out in early 2021. Casetext is also offering one month of free access to a limited number of firms that request access before the end of 2020. Firms can apply for access at insert link: https://compose.law/products-liability-motions/

Today Thomson Reuters is announcing two new solutions Thomson Reuters Marketplace and Thomson Reuters Legal Home which are designed to enable lawyers to locate and utilize Thomson Reuters products.

Thomson Reuters Marketplace, (beta version), is an online marketplace where lawyers, technologists and knowledge professional can research, trial and purchase a wide range of Thomson Reuters solutions.

Thomson Reuters Legal Home  Is a more sophisticated offering which is customized to the individual users. The goal is to serve as an “integrated digital launchpad” where subscribers can access their Thomson Reuters products as well as information about external products which can be interated with or linked to Thomson Reuters products. Thomson Reuters will continue to expand Marketplace offering for legal, tax and accounting professionals as well as adding solutions for government and regulatory customers.

There is no question that legal technologists, librarians and knowledge managers invest lots of energy in promoting the Continue Reading Thomson Reuters Introduces Marketplace, Launches Legal Home – Panoramic Migrating to HighQ

Did anyone imagine that eight months into the pandemic we would still be needing new ways to capture, monitor analyze the ever morphing legal issues around COVID? Today Fastcase is launching COVID-19 Case Alerts, an editorially curated email alert service to keep subscribers aware of new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is a dangerous and fast-changing pandemic, and it’s more important than ever for firms to be ahead of the curve when advising clients. There is no excuse for missing key developments, especially now,” said Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO. “Our team will be curating these COVID-19 Case Alerts and providing them for free to attorneys using Fastcase through their bar association.”

Each business day, excluding holidays, Fastcase will deliver a snapshot of the day’s legal developments on COVID-19. This includes decided cases from Fastcase, new complaints and pleadings from Docket Alarm, new blog posts from the LexBlog network, and legal news from Law Street Media, consolidated into a single, daily alert.

Here are some examples of the COVID-19 Alert Coverage: Continue Reading Fastcase Launches COVID-19 Case Alerts

This week American Lawyer Media (ALM)  the publisher of the American Lawyer and Law.com announced the rebranding and expansion of their innovative legal news service Legal Radar. Legal Radar is now Law.com Radar.

Law.com Radar was originally  launched  in February as Legal Radar with a breaking litigation news monitoring service. This week  the service was expanded to include corporate deal feeds and news which meets the needs of transactional lawyers.  The press release  describes  this breaking news product as allowing lawyers to be the “first to know” and therefore “the first to act” on business development opportunities.

Law.com Radar leverages ALM’s technology-driven legal news platform and offers a unique mobile experience. Adding Radar to the Law.com brand “deepens its connection to ALM’s award winning newsroom.” ALM editors refer to the  breaking stories as “blips” which look like “news cards” they often include a link to related documents.

Law.com Radar is shaping up to be a highly targeted tool designed to meet the business development needs of partners. Lawyers need to understand business trends. This involves  tracking not only their  clients but also industries and sectors. Law.com Radar news blips can be shared with clients and colleagues.

Law.com Radar News Blip

With the launch of Law.com Radar, subscribers can now access exclusive updates on corporate transactions as part of a personalized Radar news feed covering  33 industries, 20 practice areas, US and international regions and thousands of companies and law firms. Special topics for competitive intelligence include “Who’s getting the work,” and tracking competitor firms by ALM ranking or name.

 

Law.com Radar Newsfeed

From the Press Release “Radar builds on ALM and Law.com’s long tradition as the premier resource for legal professionals seeking deep insights and the necessary intelligence to compete in today’s legal market,” said Richard Caruso, Vice President and General Manager, Global Legal News. “With Radar’s customizable news feed and alerts, subscribers are first to know what is driving litigation and deals in the sectors where their clients operate and compete.” Law.com Radar’s corporate deal content includes the latest mergers and acquisitions, venture financings, private equity deals, securities offerings, real estate transactions and more. Designed to help lawyers follow the deals that are most relevant to their practices and clients, each Radar blip delivers key facts, highlights the legal advisers, and links to related resources. “Our mission with Law.com Radar is to get actionable information to legal practitioners as fast as possible, so they can take the next step—whether it’s making a call to a client or flagging an emerging risk area,” notes Vanessa Blum, Executive Editor of Law.com Radar.

No Additional Charge Law.com subscribers  get access to Law.com Radar’s premium content and features at no additional charge. A free version of Law.com Radar, with limited features, is also available.

The Legal News Market Heats Up  Last week I covered the launch of Thomson Reuters  legal news service Westlaw Today.  Fastcase is building out their Law Street Media platform with a unique combination of legal news and analytics. Bloomberg Law has redesigned and relaunched their news offerings. These developments and the launch of Law.com Radar signal a a potential seismic shift in the legal news market which has been dominated by LexisNexis Law 360 for the past decade. I documented the spectacular rise of Law360 in a 2013 post. What a difference a year and a pandemic can make!  2021 will be a year of constrained budgets due to the ongoing uncertainties arising from COVID-19. Law firms looking to escape Law360’s double digit price increases (as well as LexisNexis practice of tying of Law360 to Lexis Advance contracts) may realize that they have a new savings opportunity thanks to the new wave of innovation in legal news delivery.

Last July Thomson Reuters quietly began the  transformation of  their Practitioners Insights publication into a full fledged legal news service called Westlaw Today.  I  met with  Zena Applebaum, director, Proposition Strategy Rebecca Ditsch – manager, Product Development and received a demo of Westlaw Today .Westlaw is owned by Thomson Reuters which also owns Reuters, the multi-media news agency. It is a total “no brainer” that Reuters should collaborate with Westlaw in bringing a legal news product to the market. (In fact, Westlaw did briefly launch a  short lived legal news service “Westlaw News” back in the 1980’s before it was purchased by Thomson Reuters). I think I share the sentiments of my  information professional colleagues when I say “what took so long?” Our next question will be can Westlaw Today challenge the LexisNexis dominance of the legal news market?

The Westlaw Today  platform will allow lawyers to subscribe to  custom newsfeeds tracking law firms, companies and issues. In addition to traditional practice area coverage Westlaw Today has a newsfeed for “Legal industry” and “Legal innovation” two of my favorite topics. They also offer coverage  special topics such as COVID and Voter Rights. Westlaw Today offers news in a variety of slices.

The Westlaw Today main page has the  look and feel of a newspaper website highlighting  a few major stories rather than imitating  the list of recent headlines and blurbs that Law360 made famous. The main page includes a sidebar with most viewed articles, trending law firms and companies, lawyer contributed content and a link where lawyers can submit proposals for articles they would like to write.

Westlaw Today Main Page

 Westlaw Today Practice Area pages offer a curated list of news stories by traditional practice areas. It also offers  Continue Reading Westlaw Today – Thomson Reuters Launches a Legal News Platform –Offers AALL Program