competitive intelligence

Competitive Intelligence is hot and the competition among vendors of CI monitoring services keeps getting hotter. Today American Lawyer Media  announced that they had acquired Rivaledge, which currently produces FirmWatch and LateralWatch. ALM becomes the newest entrant into the legal “listening platform” wars.

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RivalEdge will be part of ALM Legal Intelligence, the

When Bloomberg acquired the Bureau of National Affairs in 2011, many legal information professionals wondered if this was simply another takeover that would obliterate the identity, the products and culture of yet another venerated  legal publisher.  Would Bloomberg Law crush the deep and well cultivated relationships that BNA had developed with law firms and law librarians over the years?



Jordan Furlong’s keynote address “Climbing the Value Ladder”  at the recent  PLL Summit outlined the critical forces reshaping the legal market. Furlong  concluded his talk with an optimistic array of emerging  roles and responsibilities which obliterate the cliche of “library as administrative cost center.” In my experience it is rare moment when a lawyer/consultant escapes the prison of “librarian conventions”  and

 There have been some wild extrapolations of late on some of my favorite blogs regarding the meaning of  Dewey & LeBoeuf’s  unsecured “legal research” related  debts as listed in the firm’s bankruptcy filing.

 These debts are listed as follows: Thomson Reuters (owed $2.3 million), LexisNexis (owed $1.4 million.), and Wolters Kluwer/CCH (owed $650K.).

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