Magazine article Information Today

News from West Publishing

Magazine article Information Today

News from West Publishing

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Stock Quotes on WESTLAW

WESTLAW now offers access to current and historical stock quote information from Dow Jones News/Retrieval. for current stock quotes, users can enter up to 10 ticker symbols or company names at a time. Historical stock quotes are available by specific trading day, quarter, month, or pricing history. Users are able to access the QUOTE service on WESTLAW by typing "quote" from anywhere in WESTLAW. The QUOTE service on WESTLAW offers the ability to off-line print current and historical stock quotes for future reference.

Expert Witness Testimony

Through an agreement between the United States Court Reporters Association (USCRA) and the National Expert Transcript Service (NETS)--an operating partner of West Publishing--federal court reporters will now make expert witness testimony available to the entire legal community. Users of the NETS service will now be able to preview abstracts of expert witness testimony exclusively on WESTLAW, West's computer-assisted legal research service, and then order full-text transcripts from NETS.

According to Dan Geraty, NETS vice president, the agreement will fill a void in a computer-assisted legal research. "With the exception of a few high-profile cases, expert witness testimony has not been readily available online," said Geraty. "Yet half of all felony cases and nearly 90 percent of civil cases involve expert witnesses. The average civil case involves three or more expert witnesses. Obviously, it's tremendously helpful for an attorney preparing for a trial to be able to study each expert's prior testimony. Tracking down expert witness testimony, though, has always been a tedious and expensive task. Now, this new partnership brings the whole process into the information age."

USCRA leadership reports enthusiastic support for the new program among the organization's membership. There are more than 600 federal court reporters nationwide. Donald E. Womack, USCRA president, said, "The culmination of this agreement is one of great professional importance. I believe this is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate publicly how the role of the court reporter is changing. We no longer merely capture the spoken word; we are information providers. Today's computerized court reporters are uniquely positioned to provide this type of service."

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