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Fastcase updates: alerts, annotations, and more!

September 09,2013

 

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We’ve been very busy during the course of the summer making Fastcase better and more valuable for you. There’s lots to report, and we are excited to share a few updates with you.

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If you love our research site or our free mobile apps, don't be afraid to share that love!

Please vote for us in the 2013 Best of Legal Times reader's rankings survey. It's a long survey, so feel free to answer only the questions you're interested in. We're nominated in Questions 21-24.

Best legal online research vendor
Best solo firm/solo practitioner research vendor
Best legal research vendor
Best legal research iPad application

The survey closes September 20, 2013!

New Partnership with Hein Brings Law Reviews and More

We recently announced a partnership with the William S. Hein & Co., one of the country’s oldest and most respected independent publishers. As a part of that agreement, we will now integrate every volume of more than 1,800 law reviews into the Fastcase collection, as well as historical state statutes, session laws, and state attorney general opinions. Searching the opinions and viewing results will be free, and users can subscribe to view the full articles at a major discount from Hein’s regular pricing.

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Fastcase “the most popular legal app by a long shot” in ABA Tech Survey

The 2013 ABA Technology Survey reports on what tools lawyers use in their practice. As reported by Bob Ambrogi, Fastcase was by far the most popular smartphone app. Among lawyers who owned smartphones, 26.5% reported using Fastcase. Westlaw and LexisNexis tied for second place with 7.7%. As Bob puts it, “[T]he most popular legal app by a long shot is Fastcase.” Since the launch of Fastcase mobile sync, Fastcase mobile users can sync with their Fastcase subscription on the desktop, allowing them to save favorites from the road for later printing, or to save desktop favorites to a virtual trial notebook on Android phones or tablets, iPhone, or iPad.

New Alerts on Fastcase: (In Soviet Russia, Cases Search YOU)

Now it’s easier than ever to keep research up to date on Fastcase with Alerts. When you perform a search that you’d like to keep abreast of, simply create an alert by pressing the “Add Alert” button on the search results page. When new cases are decided that match the search, you'll get an e-mail and an alert notification on your Fastcase start page. This should be a powerful tool for tracking issues, or to find when clients are mentioned in judicial opinions. Now, when you search for important cases, the important cases will search for you, too.

Fastcase Expands Annotated Statutes

One historic advantage that traditional legal research services had over challengers such as Fastcase was annotated statutes – at the end of a statute section, you could find a list of judicial opinions that mentioned the section, which lawyers used as a guide to interpretation. That advantage ends now. Through 2013, Fastcase has added new annotated statutes every week. Today, the U.S. Code and 37 state statutes are annotated on Fastcase, with the remaining states being added in the coming weeks.

To find annotations, browse to the bottom of a statute section that has been cited in judicial opinions, and you’ll see a list of citing cases, along with their decision dates and number of citations to each. And as with search results, you can sort the citing cases by date or by authoritativeness. It’s one more way that Fastcase is equaling or bettering traditional legal publishers.

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Bad Law Bot Gets Bigger, Finds More Reversed Cases, Plants Red Flags in Them

Earlier this year, we launched Bad Law Bot, an upgrade to Fastcase’s Authority Check that identifies when cases have been cited as having been reversed or overturned. The results have been overwhelming, with journalists and users alike praising the new feature. Through the summer, we have added more negative references, with many more to come through the rest of this year. Fastcase’s Authority Check gets better all the time, even finding negative treatment that the traditional citators miss. And of course, Bad Law Bot is 100% free to our desktop subscribers.

Click here see a short video on Bad Law Bot.

This has been a banner year at Fastcase, with new libraries, new partnerships, new features – even new robots. We are proud to be your legal research provider and we are grateful as always for your support.

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