New Lexis Libraries Aid Online Legal Research

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Two new libraries have been created on the Lexis legal information service to make it easier for researchers to focus on mass tort cases and on judicial codes of ethics.

The mass tort library (MSTORT) contains cross files from several other libraries and groups, including LABOR, environment (ENVIRN), federal case law, legal journals and law reviews, health publications (HEALTH) and Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSAHRC) decisions and state case law.

A mass tort is one in which many victims are injured by the same wrongful conduct. The injuries occur in one of two forms under the law. The first is an accident or disaster other than natural calamity that kills or injuries a multitude of victims, such as a hotel fire or an airplane accident. The second type involves many individual being hurt over time and at different locations from the same cause, such as exposure to asbestos.

The new library will allow comprehensive research in a unique area of law. It has no equivalent in hardcopy or other forms of computer-assisted legal research, according to David A. Berger, vice president of Legal Information Services at Mead Data Central, Inc. …

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