October 30, 2008
VersusLaw's New Almost Completely Free Legal Research Service
VersusLaw's free legal research service, FindACase is a bit funky. As noted in the below product description, search results do not provide citations or docket numbers. For that information, you have to buy the document but the charge is reasonable, only $2.95 per document.
What you get: Comprehensive archival case law, in addition to the most recent decisions (within twenty-four hours of release); powerful, user-friendly search engine; citation-based searches; date limited searching, and the ability to save or print documents.
Here are the gotchas: There is no charge to use FindACase™, but to provide advertisers with information they need to support the site, you are required to provide your zip code before a search. Likewise, to make sure our content doesn't get pirated to a server in the Ukraine, a CAPTCHA system is in use.
Documents available on FindACase™ are intended for research purposes only. As such, they do not contain certain elements such as the citation or docket number of the displayed case. Internally cited citations and docket numbers ARE available within the text of the document. Moreover, you can FIND a document using a citation or a docket number, but those elements will not be displayed when you pull the document up.
If you want the citation or docket number of any case you have retrieved, you may purchase a complete version of the document by selecting the "Buy This Document" button and will be charged $2.95 per document.
The FindACase™ Network consists of 52 web sites: one for each state, Washington D.C., and a FindACase™ Network homepage. Each web site consists of the state and federal case law for that particular state, i.e., the state appellate courts, the Federal Circuit Court, the U.S. District Court cases, and the U.S. Supreme Court back to 1900.
You can navigate between FindACase™ sites by bookmarking www.FindACase.com and then selecting the site of your choice.
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