29 October 2018

Fastcase buys up legal news site

The US legal research site has acquired Law Street Media to boost its information business.

US legal research company Fastcase has bought legal news site Law Street Media. The move will see Law Street relaunched in the second quarter of 2019 to highlight national and state legal news complemented by analytics powered by Fastcase’s legal information products. The company with work with Law Street founder John  Jenkins and a team of reporters to evolve the online news platform into an enhanced daily news and analytics hub. The site will be relaunched in 2019 to include national and state docket litigation, regulatory developments, state bar news and  analytics and insights from Fastcase’s  suite of legal information products. 

Covering stories

'Legal research isn’t just about logging into an online service and running searches,' said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. 'It’s also about taking an active interest in developments that clients care about. Legal news means covering the stories behind new cases filed, analytics, new judicial opinions, passed bills, and rulemaking. Lawyers have to stay as informed as their clients, and our partnership with Law Street Media will be an important source of must-have information about the fast-changing practice of law.'

Authoriative news source

For Law Street Media, Fastcase offers exposure to an active and engaged group of readers.  More than 900,000 lawyers have a subscription to Fastcase and its Docket Alarm analytics platform. 'This transaction represents a full realisation of our vision,' said Mr Jenkins, Law Street Media’s founder.  'I am gratified that Law Street will continue as a Fastcase enterprise.  It’s an affirmation of the ground-breaking work done by our team. But the real winners are the millions who trusted us to be their authoritative legal news source.  With the support of Fastcase, Law Street will continue to serve them.'

More accessible

Fastcase's aim is to democratise the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines legal research with 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 900,000 subscribers from around the world.

Law Street Media

Law Street Media is a free web-based platform covering law and public policy. It was founded as a way to provide a single essential resource to law students and young professionals in the rapidly evolving legal industry.