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Now it’s the Big Three in Legal Research

Fastcase, Westlaw, LexisNexis in a Virtual Tie for First in Clio Legal Research Survey

Washington, DC (March 13, 2017) – The U.S. legal publishing market may no longer be a duopoly, according to the most recent Clio users survey. The survey asked users what tool they use for legal research, and users reported that Westlaw, Fastcase, and Lexis were their tools of choice, in that order. With more than 2,100 respondents, 20.58% reported that Westlaw was their tool of choice, and 20.35% reported that Fastcase was their favorite legal research service. LexisNexis was a close third with 20.21% of users.

The three services clustered in a virtual tie within 8 votes out of 2,162, with Westlaw as the choice of 445 respondents, Fastcase with 440, and LexisNexis with 437.

Clio Survey

Google Scholar was the fourth choice of users with 13.6% of users, followed by Casemaker at 10.22%. No other service reported more than 10% of preference.

“There’s no ‘big two’ in legal research anymore,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “From now on, it’s the big three – and Fastcase is still growing.”

Clio’s users may have a natural affinity for Fastcase, since the two companies share an exclusive integration agreement. Fastcase users can automatically track their legal research time and record documents, saving them seamlessly into a client and matter with the Clio dashboard in Fastcase.

“With the new Fastcase 7 platform launching in 2017, we expect to be #1 in the next survey,” Walters added.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market. Twenty-eight state bar associations and dozens of voluntary bar associations have selected Fastcase as a free member benefit. Eleven state bar associations have switched from another provider to offer the Fastcase legal research benefit.

The company’s mobile apps have dominated the category, winning the prestigious 2010 American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year. Fastcase won the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year award with partner HeinOnline, and in 2015, it was voted Best Small Firm Legal Research Tool by readers of the Legal Times. Fastcase has repeatedly been named the most popular app for lawyers in the ABA Technology Survey, and in 2016 was named by Engadget as One of the Top 5 Research Apps to Survive Law School and Pass the Bar.

For more information, visit www.fastcase.com.

About Fastcase

As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit www.fastcase.com.

 

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Alameda County Bar Association Provides Access to Largest Online Law Library Through Partnership with Fastcase

Members Get Free Access to Online Law Library, Leading Visualization Tools, Mobile Apps and Annotated Statutes

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA and WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2017) – The Alameda County Bar Association and Fastcase today announced the ACBA will be providing its members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.

Beginning January 1, 2017, approximately 1,500 attorneys, judges, law students, professors and other legal practitioners who are members of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) will receive unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. The member benefit is unlimited — with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance and unlimited customer service included for free.

ACBA members will get free access to Fastcase’s California libraries, U.S. Bankruptcy Court decisions, and select federal law libraries which include opinions from the Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, as well as a newspaper archive, legal forms and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings. The collection also includes statutes and regulations from all 50 states and the federal government. The member benefit provides for free access to Fastcase’s intuitive and smarter legal research tools, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team.

In addition, members have the opportunity to subscribe individually to the Fastcase nationwide Premium subscription for $195 per member per year (the service normally costs $995 per year).

Members will be able to access Fastcase through the bar’s website at https://www.acbanet.org where they can log in with their bar username and password.

“We are thrilled this partnership allows us to provide free access to legal research for our members and that it benefits all members whether they are attorneys, judges, law clerks, government, or educators in the legal community,” said Tiela Chalmers, CEO of the Alameda County Bar Association. “Fastcase is a critical part of our new campaign to provide significant practice benefits to our members, including free MCLE and significant discounts on practice tools. We’re proud to partner with Fastcase to provide our members with free access to this highly acclaimed research service.”

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Fastcase is the nation’s fastest-growing and most popular legal research service. Many of the nation’s largest law firms and 27 state bar associations have subscribed to Fastcase. More than 800,000 lawyers currently have a subscription to Fastcase, many through their state bar and local associations.

“Access to the law is a fundamental pillar of access to justice,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “We’re proud to partner with the Alameda County Bar Association to make America’s best legal research software available to all members for free. Now everyone has access to the law, and we can together improve access to justice.”

The Fastcase service ordinarily costs $995 per year for an individual subscriber, but the bar members now have access to Fastcase for free as a complimentary member benefit. The Fastcase service is provided at no charge to members, but it is not a discount legal research service. Fastcase has pioneered the smartest legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, data visualization maps of search results and the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The service also includes Bad Law Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to judicial opinions.

In addition to unlimited access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research database, members get access to Fastcase’s libraries of statutes, regulations and much more. The service also includes annotated statutes from other states, Fastcase’s annotated U.S. Code, transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms, and transactional access through HeinOnline to the largest collection of law reviews in the world.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the incumbents in legal publishing and legal technology. In the American Bar Association’s annual tech survey, users have ranked Fastcase the most popular smartphone app for lawyers every year, including in the 2015 survey. From 2010 through 2014, Fastcase was named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital economy alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook from 2010-14. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase’s integration with HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year, and its app for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year.

About Alameda County Bar Association

Founded in 1877, the mission of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is to promote excellence in the legal profession and to facilitate equal access to justice. The ACBA is a nonprofit, voluntary bar association and has a membership of approximately 1,500 attorneys, judges, law students and other professionals working within the legal profession in the greater Bay Area. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.

About Fastcase

Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase is one of the fastest-growing legal tech companies, with more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.

 

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Fastcase Renews Partnership with Minnesota State Bar Association to Provide Free Access to Legal Research Library

Free Access to Smarter Legal Research Tools Available Today for Members of MSBA

Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC (January 3, 2017) – Today the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and legal publisher Fastcase renewed a partnership to provide members of the state bar with free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.

The MSBA and Fastcase had previously worked together to provide the research tools from 2007 through July of 2016, when the MSBA subscribed to another legal research benefit provider. Based on demand from users, after six months with the other provider the MSBA exercised an option to terminate its alternative contract and resumed service with Fastcase, effective today.

As MSBA Online Services Director Joe Kaczrowski notes, “there are myriad tools and services available to assist our members in the successful practice of law. The MSBA continually evaluates our products and services to maximize the value of membership and help our members keep abreast of how technology is changing the profession. In this instance, our members expressed a clear preference for the Fastcase legal research platform.”

The MSBA’s more than 15,000 members will have free access to Fastcase’s comprehensive online legal research system, which ordinarily sells for $995 per member per year. This exclusive bar member benefit provides members of the MSBA with unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team.

The MSBA joins twenty-eight state bar associations, hundreds of law schools, dozens of voluntary bar associations, and scores of corporate legal departments who subscribe to Fastcase, representing more than 800,000 lawyers around the world.

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s service also includes transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms. Starting today, members may log in by going to www.mnbar.org, clicking on the Practice Tools tab, and selecting the Fastcase option. From there, users simply log in with their bar ID and password. The member benefit is unlimited – with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance, and unlimited customer service included for free.

The member benefit also ties to Fastcase’s industry-leading mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Using Fastcase Mobile Sync, users can fully integrate and securely synchronize their favorite documents, favorite jurisdictions, and search history between their desktop version of Fastcase and mobile apps.

Fastcase has pioneered the most innovative legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, “Bad Law Bot,” its big data-powered negative citation service, patented data visualization tools, sync with mobile apps, the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.

The Fastcase service also includes an exclusive integration with Clio, the leading cloud-based practice management solution, and an exclusive integration with HeinOnline, which offers the world’s largest collection of law review and journal articles, integrated for an additional fee in the Fastcase service.

In addition, as of today, the updated Fastcase 7 will be available to members in beta, with a toggle in the top right-hand corner of the application. Fastcase 7 presents the cleanest, most readable legal research application of its kind.

“Especially because the MSBA is re-subscribing to Fastcase, our team is working extra hard to ensure that its members get access to the most powerful tools for legal research,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “Early testers love the beautiful, clean look of Fastcase 7, and we are confident that Minnesota lawyers will too.”

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market. Fastcase was voted #1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in 7 out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. Fastcase’s free apps for iPhone and iPad have dominated the category, winning the prestigious 2010 American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year and being named the 2011 Legal Productivity App of the Year. In 2012, Fastcase was named to the Best of Legal Times list for Online Legal Research, Legal Research (including print), and Legal Research iPad app, as well as being named the Best of Research in the Daily Business Review.

Fastcase won the 2014 American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year award with partner HeinOnline, and in 2015, it was voted Best Small Firm Legal Research Tool by readers of the Legal Times. Fastcase has repeatedly been named the most popular app for lawyers in the ABA Technology Survey, and in 2016 was named by Engadget as One of the Top 5 Research Apps to Survive Law School and Pass the Bar.

For more information, visit www.fastcase.com.

About The Minnesota State Bar Association

Founded in 1883, the Minnesota State Bar Association is the oldest professional association for attorneys in Minnesota. For licensed attorneys in Minnesota, membership is voluntary. Membership is open to any attorney licensed to practice law in any state. Membership is also available to law students, paralegals, and law management associates.

MSBA members are leaders in their communities, participating in statewide programs such as the High School Mock Trial Program and Wills for Heroes. The MSBA advocates vigorously to ensure adequate support for the state court system, and promotes legislation to advance the cause of justice in Minnesota. Partnering with other statewide agencies, it is an ally in the effort to deliver quality legal services to all Minnesotans.

About Fastcase

As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit www.fastcase.com.

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