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New Authority Check Report Added to Fastcase

April 25,2013

Fastcase has just added a new feature to their Authority Check report.

 They have enhanced the Authority Check feature to show you where courts have noted that a case has been treated negatively (i.e., reversed or overruled on any grounds).  The Bluebook requires that courts indicate negative history of cases cited within opinions.  The new feature, "Bad Law Bot," uses algorithms to find negative citation history.  Bad Law Bot then flags those cases that have negative citation history and provides you with the links to those cases.

 Bad Law Bot finds negative citation history by taking all the cases that have cited to a specific case – in this instance, let’s say Roberts v. Ohio – and examining how they've cited to Roberts.  If a court has negatively cited to Roberts, Bad Law Bot will link you to that case.  Keep in mind that Bad Law Bot determines negative case history by using algorithms, and that it is not intended to be a complete replacement for a full editorial citator or for reading all later-citing cases. A red flag means that there's likely negative treatment, since a court has said as much by their use of a negative citation, but no red flag does not necessarily mean that a case is still good law. If a case has been overturned but no court opinion has cited to it yet, Bad Law Bot won't be able to find any citation signal information.

 Bad Law Bot is a part of Authority Check, so it's already included in your subscription!

 For more information on Bad Law Bot, please visit: www.fastcase.com/badlawbot

 There is also a short video explaining Bad Law Bot: http://youtu.be/ZsKu7FoO2Ns

If you have any questions, please have them contact Fastcase Customer Service at 866-773-2782 or support@fastcase.com.

 



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