In this corner: CARA, the original AI-powered brief-analysis tool introduced in 2016 by the legal research company Casetext.

In the other corner: Well, no one really, except empty seats behind name cards bearing the names of other brief-analysis products and an audience of curious onlookers.

But its competitors’ no-shows did not stop Casetext from

[Updated to include comments from Mark Harris, Knowable CEO, and Ritu Khanna, executive vice president, Global Strategy & Acquisitions, at LexisNexis.]

LexisNexis Legal & Professional today announced that it has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Knowable, a company that uses machine-learning technology to help companies better understand their contracts.

Annually since 2011, legal research company Fastcase has named the Fastcase 50, an award that honors “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” Today, Fastcase named its 2019 honorees, a list that includes practicing lawyers, legal academics, law librarians, corporate counsel, journalists, company executives, bar leaders, and government officials.

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