Are all Case Law Citator Services Created Equal?
A Comparison of Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker, LexisNexis,WestlawNext, and Bloomberg
To compare three of the most popular free and low-cost case law databases (Google Scholar, Fastcase, Casemaker) and their citator services with the more expensive databases (LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg) and their citator services we used an unpublished case as our test case.
Google Scholar, Fastcase, and Casemaker’s citator services do not provide any editorial comments (reversed, overruled, affirmed, etc.). Instead, you have to read each citing case and determine for yourself whether your case is still good law. So, it almost goes without saying that LexisNexis, WestlawNext, and Bloomberg offer a more useful citator product because they each provide editorial comments.
However, our comparison focused on whether each citator at least listed the same citing opinions and showed whether our test case was still good law.
To read the results of the comparison study, see linkon.in/citators.