Thursday, March 29, 2012
From the blog Internet for Lawyers:
Free, current case law research has disappeared form LexisNexis Communities.
LexisONE, originally launched in July 2000 as a free legal portal by Lexis, was re-launched in December 2008 as LexisONE Community, and relaunched again in September 2011 as LexisNexis (LN) Communities. According to Lexis, “LexisNexis Communities have replaced the lexisONE Community to provide you with access to more innovative, up-to-date content and resources across multiple practice and professional areas. Even though lexisONE Community will no longer be available, you will still be able to access the same Forms and Free Case Law [emphasis added] which were offered through lexisONE, but now through a broader extension of our Communities.”
On February 24, 2012, as we were revising the 12th edition of The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet, we noted a dramatic change -- the removal of any links to what we considered the highlight of the portal’s free resources: its full-text searchable case law database. Although there has been no announcement from Lexis, the home page now says, “Even though lexisONE Community will no longer be available, you will still be able to access the same Forms which were offered through lexisONE, but now through a broader extension of our Communities.” Notice the reference to “Free Case Law” no longer exists. Although the database is still online, it will take a cybersleuth to find it (or just use this URL:http://linkon.in/sRr0mt). If you click the Browse through State Courts for free or Browse through Federal Courts for free (at the bottom of the page), you will see that no cases have been added to the database since December 2011. It is unclear if the database will be kept online. We suspect not since the links to it have been removed and it is no longer an up-to-date database.