Legal publisher Fastcase has acquired the Law Street Media legal news platform, working with founder John A. Jenkins, the former President and Publisher of CQ Press, and a team of reporters to evolve the online news platform into an enhanced daily news and analytics hub.
When the site is relaunched in 2019, the retooled platform will highlight national and state docket litigation, regulatory developments, state bar news, and offer analytics and insights powered by Fastcase’s growing suite of legal information products, such as Docket Alarm and Fastcase 7.
Fastcase will continue the development of the platform, offering news and analytics focused on both state and national litigation, along with legal news, coverage of regulations, and developments of interest from its various state bar partners.
“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.”
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 realization of our vision,” said 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.”
Fastcase co-founder and President Phil Rosenthal sees the benefit in having state bar partners play an essential role in the news efforts: “What better way to introduce law students to their local state bar and the invaluable insights and connections these bars offer, than to see state bar associations as active contributors providing local expertise in our news feeds?”
Fastcase will connect the news platform to its Docket Alarm and Fastcase 7 platform, build out its reporter team, and partner with its state bar partners to showcase their local expertise. “Lawyers already get their news from Fastcase’s research alerts, and Docket Alarm is itself named after its alerting service. We can’t wait to explore the legal news potential from telling these stories in Law Street Media,” said Walters.
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