Docket Alarm, the docket tracking and analytics platform acquired last January by legal research company Fastcase, says it has released a new tool, the Analytics Workbench, that will allow legal professionals to build their own bespoke litigation analytics across any court, practice area or litigation event.

Generally, legal analytics products tend to focus on specific courts or specific practice areas. For example, Lex Machina, one of the leading providers of legal analytics, launched with intellectual property and has gradually expanded into other practice areas one by one, with that expansion accelerated by its acquisition by LexisNexis.

Docket Alarm says its new tool will allow users to build litigation analytics across all case types in state courts, federal courts, administrative courts, and other jurisdictions included within in the Docket Alarm system.

Docket Alarm says these analytics can reveal information about courts and dockets that would otherwise be imperceptible. For example, it says, the Analytics Workbench can uncover trends about discovery motions, motions in limine, and scheduling and pre-trial conferences, at both the state and federal levels.

Docket Alarm says that its Analytics Workbench provides tools for firms to build custom rules to analyze a large number of cases across any court or case type. Users can tag litigation events based on their own rules and then quickly review the tags to assure an acceptable level of quality. The tool then uses visualizations to display litigation events in aggregate and it allows users to filter or pivot the data as desired.

I have not yet seen this and so can provide no further details. The company says it will be demonstrating the tool at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries July 14-17.

A partnership announced yesterday will enhance the Fastcase legal research service through the addition of data and reviews on expert witnesses, litigation consultants, mediators and arbitrators from Courtroom Insight.

Content from Courtroom Insight has already been added to Fastcase’s AI Sandbox, a private digital environment where law firms can use artificial intelligence and data-analytics tools against combinations of their own data, Fastcase data, and data provided by third parties. (See my earlier post about it.)

In addition, the Courtroom Insight content will be integrated both into the Fastcase research platform and with the Docket Alarm platform that Fastcase acquired in January.

Some 100,000 profiles from Courtroom Insight are being added to the Fastcase platform as a new content set that will show up in search results when appropriate, according to Steve Errick, Fastcase’s chief operating officer.

Customers will then be able to obtain a more-detailed snapshot for a transactional or monthly subscription. Fastcase will enable links via an API to the Courtroom Insights platform for analytics. The Courtroom Insight content should become available within Fastcase by the fall, Errick said.

When Courtroom Insight launched in 2010, it was intended to be a Yelp-like product for lawyers to provide ratings and reviews of expert witnesses and arbitrators. Over the years, Courtroom Insight moved away from that model, finding that lawyers were reluctant to share reviews publicly. Last October, it relaunched as a private platform for law firms to privately share knowledge and mine data about experts.

Along the way, Courtroom Insight has compiled profiles on more than 100,000 expert witnesses, CEO Mark Torchiana told me in October. It also enhances these profiles with information drawn from several third-party sources.

In January, Fastcase acquired Docket Alarm, a company that mines federal and state court dockets to provide litigation alerts and case-prediction analytics. (See my coverage here.) In its first update since the acquisition, Fastcase is today announcing that Docket Alarm has now expanded its coverage of state dockets to 11 states, is now integrating with case law in Fastcase, and is expanding its staff.

When Fastcase acquired Docket Alarm, the company covered dockets from federal courts and three states. With today’s announcement, it is adding eight states. It now has dockets for: California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

Also, as of today, Docket Alarm now integrates with case law in Fastcase. When a user views a docket document such as a brief or memorandum that contains citations to case law, the user will be able to view the cited case from Fastcase without a separate login. Users can share the cited cases with anyone else they choose.

Fastcase also said today that it is expanding the Docket Alarm team to support rapid development and product innovation. Joining Docket Alarm founder and managing director Michael Sander are:

  • Molly Lindblom as product manager. Lindblom has more than 18 years of product management and marketing leadership with companies such as LexisNexis, Bloomberg,and Wanted Analytics, and she led the creation of the litigation and client development analytics categories while at LexisNexis CourtLink.
  • David Nayer, as reference attorney and trainer. Nayer has a background in law and technology.
  • Liz Morgan, as a sales executive. Morgan has more than 20 years of experience in legal publishing and legal analytics sales with Lex Machina and Wolters Kluwer.

“It’s exciting to see the momentum we’ve created by putting the strength and capabilities of the Fastcase team behind the latest developments in Docket Alarm,” Sander said in a statement. “In a matter of weeks, we’ve formally launched state court dockets and a have linked millions of citations across opinions, briefs, and complaints to Fastcase, a first-of- its-kind product – and this is only the first step in our integration.”

Fastcase today announced that it has acquired Docket Alarm,  a company that mines federal and state court dockets to provide litigation alerts and case-prediction analytics.

In announcing the acquisition, the company said:

Docket Alarm’s advanced analytical capabilities, customizable real-time litigation alerts, case prediction indicators, and technology-driven research tools complement Fastcase’s quest to add unique, must-have content for its subscribers and provide leading legal analysis with contributions from firm partners across the country.

Founded by intellectual property litigator Michael Sander, Docket Alarm started as a company focused on federal court docket alerts, but in recent years it has expanded the number of state court dockets it covers. It has also expanded in analytics, using docket data to predict litigation outcomes and to to provide analytical profiles of judges, parties, law firms, and attorneys. Its analytics can provide information such as win rates, time to decision, and gender diversity at law firms.

In addition to court dockets, Docket Alarm also includes data from the ITC, PTAB, and TTAB.

“Docket Alarm adds insights from court filings in cases that never result in an opinion, giving litigators a more complete picture in their research, said Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO. “Now Fastcase and Docket Alarm subscribers can search motions, pleadings, and briefs; get clear analytic insights into judges and law firms; and understand the history of similar cases. Analytics are the future, and Fastcase and Docket Alarm are going to be right in the center of it.”

Sander will join Fastcase as managing director of Docket Alarm and director of Fastcase Analytics. Current Docket Alarm subscribers will continue to have access to their accounts through docketalarm.com with their login and password with no disruption to their access.