Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell now requires its attorneys to use Loislaw for certain legal research tasks instead of Westlaw or Lexis in order to save money. According to a firm memo posted on AboveTheLaw.com, LLB & L favors Loislaw for non-billable and some billable research tasks because the firm pays a reasonable, flat fee for unlimited use. The firm memo mandates the following electronic legal research practices, effective immediately:
* All non-billable legal research involving case law, statutes or regulations at both the state and federal level should first be performed using Loislaw.
* Loislaw should also be used for billable research where appropriate, resulting in a much lower cost to the client.
* If additional research is required on Lexis or Westlaw that research must be billed to a client/matter.
Yet another example of a continuing trend among law firms to seek low cost or open source alternatives to expensive legal research services.
Hat tip to the AboveTheLaw Blog.
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