Bloomberg Launches “Points of Law”

The press release went out recently..

Here’s a quick synopsis of the product from the horse’s mouth

Points of Law offers a more efficient way to conduct case law research.  Through the application of machine learning to Bloomberg Law’s database of 13 million court opinions, Points of Law highlights language critical to the court’s holding, links this language to governing statements of law and relevant on-point case law.

Developed with input from practicing litigators, Points of Law helps you quickly find language critical to a court’s reasoning, even when buried deep in the text.  Bloomberg Law enables you to shorten research time by providing:

  • Easy access to a comprehensive database of 13 million court opinions updated daily.
  • Points of law as highlighted text within a court opinion and leading cases in support of those points.
  • Seamless navigation from relevant, jurisdiction-specific points of law, related points and related cases from within an opinion.
  • A Citation Map to view most cited cases, relationships among key cases, and changes over time for the point of law at issue.

Bloomberg Law provides context – connecting keyword search results to governing statements of law – and unparalleled breadth of coverage, generating one million Points of Law from our state and federal court opinion database.

Points of Law, as with all enhancements to functionality and content on the integrated Bloomberg Law legal research and business intelligence platform, is available to current subscribers at no additional cost.

Request a fee trial to Bloomberg Law today and enjoy faster, more efficient access to relevant on-point case law.

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Bloomberg Law today rolled out to its subscribers new tool, Points of Law, that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help legal researchers quickly find language critical to a court’s reasoning and to support their legal arguments.

As a researcher scrolls through a court opinion, Points of Law highlights the essential language in the opinion, making it easier for the researcher to browse through the key discussion points and enabling the researcher to more quickly get the gist of the key holdings.

A pop-up shows the top three cases cited for the principle. The user can then select any of these Points of Law to see an expanded treatment that shows other cases that make the same point of law and an visual timeline and citation map of these other cases, as well as the ability to see and search related points of law. Each Point of Law has its own distinct page with these elements.

“We are using machine learning and AI to extract the sense of a what a judge says in an opinion to allow for quicker and easier research and to uncover language that might be hard to find,” Darby Green, commercial product director for Bloomberg Law Litigation Solutions, told me yesterday.

Bloomberg says that it has extracted more than one million Points of Law from its database of 13 million published and unpublished state and federal court opinions, and that these Points of Law are being continually updated as new cases are added.

In addition to getting to these Points of Law through a court opinion, a researcher can also find them by conducting keyword searches across all case law or specific jurisdictions.

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