Search Company Acquires Casemaker

My Web Watch column this month, Search on Steroids, profiles Collexis, a powerful new search tool making its way into the legal market. The review notes, “The company also is preparing to launch other legal products based on the same search platform, including databases of federal and state case law and U.S. patents. Both are due out in the first half of 2008.”

Well, no sooner did that column go to press than Collexis on Monday announced its acquistion of legal publishing company Lawriter LLC, operator of the legal research service Casemaker, which contracts with 28 state bar associations to provide the research service to their members. Then today, Collexis announced its acquisition of an additional legal library consisting of 3.5 million documents to add to Casemaker’s existing library of cases, statutes and other materials. Allan Crawford, Collexis’s senior account executive for the legal market, told me that the company will continue to offer Casemaker while also adding a premium service with enhanced features.

As my column explains, I was impressed with the company’s search technology. I look forward to seeing what it has in store for Casemaker.