I reported here in November that 1.8 million pages of federal case law would go public early in 2008 through an agreement between Carl Malamud’s nonprofit organization Public.Resource.Org and the legal research company Fastcase. Today, Malamud said the release of those cases is scheduled for next week. The release will include all cases included with the U.S. Reports, all federal appellate cases in the F.3d series of the Federal Reporter and most of F.2d. All cases will be formatted in XML with digital signatures and public domain labels. Malamud also said that two other companies have made substantial donations of case law to be added to the public domain database, Justia and William S. Hein & Co.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.