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South Carolina Bar Selects Fastcase for Legal Research Member Benefit

Members Get Free Nationwide Law Libraries, Smarter Search Tools, and Integrated Mobile Apps

WASHINGTON, DC AND COLUMBIA, SC (June 23, 2014) – The South Carolina Bar announced today that it has selected Fastcase to provide a nationwide legal research benefit that will be offered free to its members, effective November 1.

The South Carolina Bar previously had offered the Casemaker legal research service to its members, but it announced today that it would become the seventh state bar association to upgrade from that service to Fastcase. The South Carolina Bar will be the 25th state bar association to offer Fastcase to its members.

In addition to desktop legal research, members of the South Carolina Bar also will be able to sync their member benefit with Fastcase’s industry-leading mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. According to the 2013 ABA Technology Survey, Fastcase is by far the most popular legal app (of any kind) for smartphones.

“The South Carolina Bar is pleased to join other state bar associations by changing our legal research benefit to offer free, unlimited access to Fastcase,” said Cal Watson, President of the South Carolina Bar. “Fastcase is on the cutting edge of legal research services and will provide new and advanced research tools for South Carolina lawyers at no cost to them. Access to these expansive resources will in turn enhance the legal services they provide to South Carolinians.”

With Fastcase, bar members will receive unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team. 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.

Fastcase normally costs $995 per year – but will be offered to members of the South Carolina Bar as a benefit of membership.

“Our team is very excited to partner with the South Carolina Bar,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “Our mission at Fastcase is to democratize the law and to build smarter legal research tools. By making our suite of legal research tools available for free to members of the South Carolina Bar, we can accomplish both goals.”

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s South Carolina-specific libraries include judicial opinions from the South Carolina Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals back to 1886, Fourth Circuit decisions starting at 1. F.2d 1, U.S. Supreme Court decisions starting with 1 U.S. 1, statutes, regulations, the South Carolina State Constitution, 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.

After November 1, South Carolina lawyers can access Fastcase through the South Carolina Bar website at www.scbar.org, where they can log in with their bar username and password.

Known for its mission to democratize the law by making it more accessible to more people, Fastcase has been partnering with bar associations since 2005 and steadily transforming the traditional legal research industry. In addition to bar associations, the company provides smarter legal research tools to lawyers around the world, dozens of AmLaw 250 law firms, in-house counsel, and law schools across the United States.

Twenty-five state bar associations have selected Fastcase to provide a similar member benefit. More than 700,000 lawyers now have a subscription to Fastcase, through their firm or through their bar association.

The Fastcase service will be free to South Carolina Bar 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.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the norm in legal publishing and legal technology. 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 has introduced new opinion summaries, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook for three years in a row.

In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year and named its integration of HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year and the company furthered its mobile market presence by debuting the Fastcase for Android app in 2012.

About the South Carolina Bar
The South Carolina Bar began in 1884 as the South Carolina Bar Association, a voluntary organization of approximately 200 lawyers. The South Carolina State Bar was created in 1968. The two organizations were merged in 1975. Currently the Bar has a membership of more than 15,000. The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism, and understanding of the law.

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 has more than 700,000 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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AALL Awards 2014 New Product of the Year to Publishing Partners Fastcase and HeinOnline

Integrating Legal Research Libraries and Smarter Tools Benefits Legal Profession

WASHINGTON, DC and GETZVILLE, NY (May 14, 2014) – The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has named publishing partners Fastcase and William S. Hein & Co., Inc. as joint winners of its 2014 New Product of the Year Award. AALL is recognizing the partners for integrating the Fastcase and HeinOnline legal research library materials.

This year, AALL is recognizing the innovation-driven companies for integrating HeinOnline and Fastcase. The partnership combines Hein’s expertise in publishing law journals and historical statutory materials and Fastcase’s experience in publishing American primary law. It offers users of both services a complete, integrated legal research experience. Subscribers to both services can now search law review articles from HeinOnline when conducting research in Fastcase, and can search primary law materials from Fastcase inside HeinOnline.

“This is a groundbreaking partnership,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “These are two great independent legal publishers. Our services are complementary, and this integration combines HeinOnline’s strength in law schools and in international markets with Fastcase’s deep partnership with bar associations, reaching more than 620,000 lawyers from around the country. Together, we’ve made both services better, and it’s a tremendous honor to share this award with the William S. Hein & Co., Inc.”

AALL does not recognize companies for the award every year; in fact, since 2001, the Association has only made 10 New Product awards. In that span, this is the third time Hein has been recognized, having won in 2001 for HeinOnline, and again in 2009 for its Subject Compilations of State Laws. This is the second time Fastcase has been honored, having won in 2010 for developing the first legal research app for smartphones, Fastcase for the iPhone. In the 20-year history of the award, Hein and Fastcase are two of only three companies to win more than once.

“We are proud to share this prestigious award with Fastcase,” said Kevin Marmion, President of William S. Hein & Co., Inc. “Bringing case law to our HeinOnline subscribers by allowing simple case law look up and linking to case law from law journals articles and other secondary sources has been extremely well received. At the same time Fastcase has exposed our rich secondary resources to a whole new market.”

To learn more about the 2014 New Product of the Year by Fastcase and HeinOnline and explore the integrated services, login to Fastcase or HeinOnline, or visit http://www.fastcase.com/hein-and-fastcase-announce-publishing-partnership or
http://help.heinonline.org/blog/2013/12/case-law-powered-by-fastcase-now-available-to-all-core-subscribers.

About the American Association of Law Libraries
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.aallnet.org.

About HeinOnline
Produced by William S. Hein & Co., Inc., HeinOnline includes more than 100 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in legal history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,000 law and law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in their entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700′s, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, and much more. For more information about HeinOnline, visit http://home.heinonline.org.

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 has more than 620,000 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 Partnership with Ohio Metropolitan Bar Associations to Provide Free Access to Legal Research Library

Smarter Legal Research Tools Now Available for Free for Members of OMBAC

WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2014) – Five of the largest bar associations in Ohio, which collaborate in the Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium (OMBAC), today announced that they have signed an agreement to provide their members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.

Beginning July 1 (and June 1 for the Columbus Bar Association), more than 20,000 members of participating bar associations in Ohio will have free and unlimited access to Fastcase as a benefit of their local bar association membership. The partnership is designed to benefit members of OMBAC-affiliated bar associations, including the Akron Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Dayton Bar Association, and Toledo Bar Association.

“Ohio has a long tradition of innovation in legal services, and we are proud to carry forward that tradition today,” said Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase. “We will work closely with OMBAC to provide a terrific research service that is a huge benefit for its members. Fastcase normally costs $995 per year – but it will be included for free in the dues of these leading bar associations.”

Subscribers receive unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team. 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.

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s Ohio-specific libraries include Ohio judicial opinions back to 1885, Sixth Circuit decisions starting at 1. F.2d 1, Supreme Court decisions starting with 1 U.S. 1, statutes, regulations, the Ohio State Constitution, 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.

After July 1, Ohio lawyers can access Fastcase through the website of their participating bar association, where they can log in with the username and password from their bar association.

Known for its mission to democratize the law by making it more accessible to more people, Fastcase has been partnering with bar associations since 2005 and steadily transforming the traditional legal research industry. In addition to bar associations, the company provides smarter legal research tools to lawyers around the world, dozens of AmLaw 250 law firms, in-house counsel, and law schools across the United States.

Twenty-five state bar associations and dozens of voluntary bar associations have selected Fastcase to provide a similar member benefit. More than 620,000 lawyers now have a subscription to Fastcase, through their firm or through their bar association.

The Fastcase service will be free to OMBAC 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.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the norm in legal publishing and legal technology. 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 has introduced new opinion summaries, Fastcase Cloud Printing, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook for three years in a row.

In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year and the company furthered its mobile market presence by debuting the Fastcase for Android app in 2012. The 2013 ABA Technology Survey reported Fastcase as the most popular app for lawyers with smartphones. Lawyers on the go appreciate Fastcase Mobile Sync, which allows full integration of its mobile apps with the desktop version of Fastcase.

About Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium
The Ohio Metropolitan Bar Association Consortium (OMBAC) formed in the late 1980s, as leaders of Ohio’s largest metropolitan bars began collaborating on statewide issues relating to the legal profession and the operation of their local bar associations. Today the OMBAC serves more than 20,000 attorneys throughout Ohio and includes member associations in Dayton, Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

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 has more than 620,000 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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