Magazine article Information Today

A Flurry of Legal Announcements from LEXIS-NEXIS

Magazine article Information Today

A Flurry of Legal Announcements from LEXIS-NEXIS

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Paula J. Hane, co-editor with Barbara Quint for NewsBreaks, is contributing editor of Information Today. Her e-mail address is paula.hane@cwix.com.

Trade shows provide an opportune venue for product rollouts and a chance to highlight major announcements. At the recent Legal-Tech New York trade show (January 25-27), LEXIS-NEXIS made several major announcements of new legal products and strategic partnerships. The LEXIS Online Publishing division has obviously been very busy lately, and, with several of the news items, is indicating a firm commitment to the needs of small law firms and individuals.

For the first time, the LEXIS service is available without a subscription. The capability, LEXIS-NEXIS by Credit Card, allows users to quickly retrieve a single document, conduct research with easy-to-use search forms, or perform research using their own search terms. Users can also Shepardize a case to research its positive and negative treatment and validate citation formats with Autocite. "Now users can just say 'charge it' when they use LEXIS-NEXIS," said Nick Emrick, vice president and general manager, LEXIS Online Publishing.

Available at http://www.lexis.com, LEXIS-NEXIS by Credit Card offers state material including cases, statutes, administrative materials, and attorney general opinions for each of the 50 states. Users can also search specialty federal and state case law in the areas of criminal, family, labor and employment, estate planning-and probate, and litigation, as well as litigation evidence, reference, and litigation practice materials. The service also provides access to the. Daily Opinion Service in LEXIS-NEXIS Xchange, which includes daily cite lists of recent case decisions for all federal and state appellate and high courts nationwide.

Users can retrieve documents instantly if they know the citation, docket number, or party names. There is no charge unless documents are viewed or printed. The cost is $9 per document viewed and $4 per cite checked. MasterCard, American Express, and VISA are accepted. LEXIS-NEXIS uses SSL (secure socket layer) encryption to protect customers' credit card data. Users can access a secure, individualized activity log, sortable by date and client, to track their purchases and to invoice clients.

"While more robust libraries and unlimited use of subscriptions are available through LEXIS-NEXIS, this option is designed to meet the needs of legal professionals who have limited research requirements, who want to access the LEXIS service for personal or family reasons, or who primarily use books and CD-ROM products and are interested in trying out our Internet services," Emrick said.

For business users, LEXIS-NEXIS has had the LN reQUESTer service, which allows Web access to a small subset of news and business sources with payment by credit card. Casual and occasional users can search all day for $24 in a group of major newspapers; $49 adds business sources to the papers; and $69 adds even more, and weekly searching rates are also available. But the newly announced LEXIS-NEXIS by Credit Card allows for the purchase of single legal documents. Company sources did not comment on whether this pay-per-document feature would be made available for their business and news sources, but they indicated that the various products and services had different target markets.

Additionally, customers can access a link to LEXIS-NEXIS credit card searching through The New York Times marketing page within the LEXIS-NEXIS Web site (http://www.lexis-nexis.com/nytimes). The New York Times only offers a 365-day rolling archive, but offers a link to LEXIS-NEXIS reQUESTer to retrieve articles prior to 365 days or to offer other sources on topics of interest to NYT Web visitors. LEXIS-NEXIS is part of the "New York Times Partnership Program."

Last December, LEXIS-NEXIS announced an agreement to make federal and state court decisions available over the Web on a pay-per-use basis through WinStar Telebase, Inc. …

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