Robert McKay Writes For SLAW On ROSS ..Predators Will Be Predators

We always cheer on the inside when Robert puts finger to keyboard.

He always says there’s other more qualified to write but we know his articles make more sense than all the other writers and commentators put together.

Yet again HOB bows at his greatness in understanding the essential dullness of it all !

Here’s a few snippets..

The news of the demise of ROSS Intelligence appears to be a disappointing blow for some Canadian and US lawyers; beyond their jurisdictions, it has little relevance

Nor am I surprised that in this particular case, a gigantic, rich and well-established market leader took legal action against the upstart, thus, at least in part, maybe contributing to bringing it down. It would be strange if it did not use its capabilities in such a way. To neglect to do so would be akin to a predator animal not acting as a predator

As is the case in many other industries, the senior and established body of the legal information and technology sector is not very much a place for innovation, entrepreneurialism and fast-moving change. There is little in its history or current activity to disprove this. Lexis Nexis itself, in relative youth, was acquired from Mead Data by Reed Elsevier (now RELX); Westlaw ended up at Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) through Thomson’s acquisition of the much smaller, though long-standing, West Publishing. Almost all the other innovative sub-brands in the market are the result of comparatively small acquisitions. This includes Practical Law, Ravel, Lex Machina, Law360, FindLaw, Complinet, CaseMap, Intelligize and many more. With Fastcase and Casemaker having merged, it might be that that combination resembles an extremely juicy gazelle, as might an enlarged Law Business Media, having acquired PinHawk.


I find it difficult to care too much, other than for any paid employee who may lose a job; there are more important matters about which to be concerned. The 2021 Ross, Rachel and Friends reunion, for me, certainly sounds more entertaining.


Read his full analysis here.