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Fastcase merged with vLex, a global legal intelligence company. The combined vLex Fastcase 'is as committed as ever to democratizing the law and providing the best in legal research.'

Member BenefitsSince 2005, Fastcase’s legal research has been a mainstay of The Florida Bar’s member benefits line-up, offering members free access to Florida cases, statutes, and regulations – with subscription access to the full national research service for $195 per year.

In 2023, Fastcase merged with vLex, a global legal intelligence company. The combined vLex Fastcase “is as committed as ever to democratizing the law and providing the best in legal research” according to the company. In the second half of 2024, The Florida Bar will launch an upgrade to its member benefit program, offering the same core services for free, with some major improvements.

The improved “vLex Fastcase” service will provide free access to extensive primary law collections, including case law, statutes, regulations, and constitutions.

“Florida materials are especially well represented, with a complete collection of Florida caselaw, including statutes, the constitution, Attorney General Opinions, Administrative Code, and court rules,” the company said in a statement, adding user need only search by citation, keyword, or natural language query to retrieve the sought legal authorities.

“In addition to primary law, members will have access to a rich selection of treatises, practice guides, legal forms, and secondary sources,” the company said. “Florida-specific guides cover civil procedure, foreclosure law, legal malpractice, and trust and estate practice. National materials on bankruptcy, employment law, and intellectual property will also be available, providing valuable analysis and practical guidance.”

A key feature of the upgrade is the new Cert citator, which flags negative treatment and other citing references to a case. Cert is a major improvement over Fastcase’s previous citation service, Bad Law Bot, with vastly more extensive coverage and more types of negative treatment, according to vLex Fastcase.

The new version also includes skills from Vincent AI, vLex’s AI research assistant. Members will have free access to automated headnotes, case summaries, and the ability to find similar legal materials using Vincent. Additional skills, such as answering legal research questions, drafting arguments, running 50-state surveys, and generating next steps from legal documents, will also be available by subscription.

“vLex Fastcase’s streamlined tools and interface make finding documents easier than ever,” the company said. “Enter a citation in the search bar and select the document from the suggested list. Filters help narrow searches by jurisdiction and content libraries for relevant results. The interactive outline allows browsing and searching individual sections of statutes, regulations, and practice guides. Tag frequently used documents for quick access later.”

The platform’s alert system keeps users updated on new developments in areas of interest. Users may also sign up to receive notifications on the latest rulings and updates affecting clients.

“Perhaps best of all, members of The Florida Bar get all of these features for Florida law completely free (the service costs $1,140 per year for non-members),” the company said. “Many firms have found that they can eliminate their LexisNexis or Westlaw subscriptions by shifting to vLex Fastcase. There is simply no reason to pay legacy legal research providers for the exact same primary law (and much of the same secondary content) available through vLex Fastcase.”

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