Let’s Hear it for BNA Law Reports

An extra hour of sleep from the end of DST prompts a bounty of mirth…as do BNA Law Reports! We recently were asked for electronic copies of filings from an L.A. County Superior Court civil matter. Ah, the oft-elusive electronic state court records…Various e-access options exist for L.A. County civil court records. For instance, they can be searched electronically for a fee through the court’s website. Finding them on Westlaw or Lexis’ Courtlink can be hit-or-miss, though Bloomberg Law is a great resource because BLAW uploads and make available those filings previously requested by other interested customers. In this particular instance, while the memoranda of points of authorities from a motion to strike were already uploaded within the BLAW system, a quite recent court order was not. Before leaving the BLAW interface to search blogs and news more broadly, I quickly checked BNA Law Reports. Hooray! Though only a superior court case, it was newsworthy enough to have been covered by BNA’s Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal, which also provided a copy of the court’s order. We heart BNA Law Reports! (Now, if only the filing content from the BNA law reports could be linked directly to BLAW dockets!)

New Bloomberg Law Report – Technology Law

I’ve written before about the excellent Bloomberg Law Reports.  I’m pleased to see that a new one has just launched:  Technology Law.  Take a look.   It joins the following lineup:

Administrative Law Monthly
Antitrust & Trade Monthly
Asia Pacific Law Bi-monthly
Banking & Finance Monthly
Bankruptcy Weekly
Class Actions Monthly
Congressional Monitor Weekly
Corporate Law Bi-weekly
Director & Officer Liability Monthly
Employee Benefits Bi-weekly
Environmental Law Quarterly
Executive Compensation Monthly
Health Law Monthly
Immigration Law Monthly
Insurance Law Weekly
Intellectual Property Weekly
Labor & Employment Weekly 
Litigation Weekly
Mergers & Acquisitions Bi-weekly
New York Law Monthly 
Privacy & Information Monthly
Risk & Compliance Monthly
Securities Law Weekly
Sustainable Energy Monthly
Technology Law Bi-weekly
UK Financial Services Law Monthly
White Collar Crime Monthly

Content from this high-quality analysis is being added to the Bloomberglaw.com digest feature.

New resources for keeping up with class action litigation and global class action developments

 

I’ve raved and raved about the Bloomberg Law Reports (only because our faculty keep telling me how good they are).  I’m pleased to see a new subject enter the arena:  Bloomberg Law Reports: Class Actions.  Vol. 1, no. 1 is dated September 2008.

The “Featured Article” is “Class Actions in Canada,” by Sean P. Wajert.

For those of you interested in class actions worldwide, we have a new resource here at Stanford, the Global Class Actions Exchange (which also has a paper about Canadian class actions — as well as papers covering many other countries).

New Bloomberg Law Report: Executive Compensation

Bloomberg has now added an Executive Compensation Law Report [ECLR].

As of today, the latest of issues and frequency of the Bloomberg Law Reports are:

Asia Pacific Law    Quarterly    June 2008
Antitrust & Trade    Monthly    August 2008
Bankruptcy        Weekly    August 4, 2008
Banking & Finance    Weekly    August 4, 2008
Corporate Law        Weekly    August 4, 2008
Director & Officer Liab Monthly    August 2008
Employee Benefits    Bi-weekly    July 28, 2008
Executive Compensation    Monthly    August 2008
Sustainable Energy    Monthly    August 2008
European Law        Monthly    July 2008
Health Law        Monthly    July 2008
Insurance Law        Weekly    August 4, 2008
Immigration Law        Monthly    August 2008
Intellectual Property    Weekly    August 4, 2008
Latin America        Monthly    August 2008
Labor & Employment    Weekly    August 4, 2008
Litigation        Weekly    August 4, 2008
Mergers & Acquisitions    Weekly    August 4, 2008
Privacy & Information    Monthly    August 2008
Risk & Compliance    Monthly    August 2008
Real & Personal Prop    Quarterly    July 2008
Securities Law        Weekly    August 4, 2008
Environmental Law    Quarterly    August 2008

Bloomberg Law Reports – Follow the bouncing URL

I’ve written about the Bloomberg Law Reports.  They’re good.  Very good.  But they’re not good enough to justify the hoops we now have to go through to provide access to them.  Up until mid-June (6/19 to be exact) I received via e-mail nice PDFs of each issue, and I then selectively forwarded the issues to faculty who I thought would be interested.  Quick, easy — a nice library service.

But starting on June 25th I now receive (weekly?) notices such as this one:

Bloomberg Law Reports® can now be found at:
 
 
Bloomberg Law Reports are comprehensive legal analyses targeted to the legal and financial communities. Bloomberg Law Reports examine recent legal and regulatory developments covering a wide array of topics including: Antitrust & Trade, Asia Pacific Law, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Director & Officer Liability, Employee Benefits, European Law, Executive Compensation, Health Law, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Privacy & Information, Risk & Compliance, Securities Law, and Sustainable Energy.
. . .
Issues of Bloomberg Law Reports delivered by e-mail are currently provided on a complimentary basis. Please feel free to distribute them throughout your firm. To view enhanced versions of Bloomberg Law Reports, including hyperlinks to cited materials, please access the reports on the Bloomberg Professional� service (BBLR <GO>). For more information on BLOOMBERG LAWSM (BLAW) and the Bloomberg Professional service, please contact us: . . .
“Issues of Bloomberg Law Reports delivered by e-mail . . . ” Huh?  Are they?  Or aren’t they?

Each week the URL changes.  This is far too much trouble for me or our faculty.  And I don’t have the time to visit the website, download each report and then share it.  So I’ve now stopped reading the Bloomberg Law Reports – there are limits to what I can do.

IP-based access works.  Passwords work (although IP-based is better).  Bouncing URLs don’t.  And biometric B-units are a nuisance, for me anyway.

Many of our students and faculty want to access our resources from home.  A consistent URL, which can be bookmarked, is really needed for them to read the Bloomberg Law Reports.  URLs that change weekly add far too much frustration.

And these changes came without any explanation.

Bloomberg Law Reports

I’ve raved about the Bloomberg Law Reports; now you can all see for yourselves just how good they are.  This is from an e-mail I received today from Bloomberg:

Bloomberg Law Reports® can now be found at:
Bloomberg Law Reports are comprehensive legal analyses targeted to the legal and financial communities. Bloomberg Law Reports examine recent legal and regulatory developments covering a wide array of topics including: Antitrust & Trade, Asia Pacific Law, Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Director & Officer Liability, Employee Benefits, European Law, Executive Compensation, Health Law, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Privacy & Information, Risk & Compliance, Securities Law, and Sustainable Energy.

To find out more about Bloomberg Law Reports—or if you are interested in contributing an article to Bloomberg Law Reports—please contact one of the legal analysts listed at the bottom of the relevant report.

To view enhanced versions of Bloomberg Law Reports, including hyperlinks to cited materials, please access the reports on the Bloomberg Professional® service (BBLR <GO>). For more information on BLOOMBERG LAWSM (BLAW) and the Bloomberg Professional service, please contact us:

In the U.S.

blaw_us@bloomberg.net

And here is a list of their titles — so far to date, as they continue to add new ones — along with frequency of publication noted:

Antitrust & Trade -Monthly
Asia Pacific Law – Quarterly
Banking & Finance – Weekly
Bankruptcy – Weekly
Corporate Law – Weekly
Director & Officer Liability – Monthly
Employee Benefits – Bi-weekly
European Law – Monthly
Executive Compensation – Monthly
Health Law – Monthly
Immigration Law – Monthly
Insurance Law – Weekly
Intellectual Property – Weekly
Labor & Employment – Weekly
Litigation – Weekly
Mergers & Acquisitions – Monthly
Privacy & Information – Monthly
Risk & Compliance – Monthly
Securities Law – Weekly
Sustainable Energy – Monthly

Thomson Reuters vs. Bloomberg

Stanford Law School was one of the first, if not the first, law schools to provide a Bloomberg Law terminal to its faculty and students.  Very slowly, but surely, Bloomberg is building a fan base here, especially for its docket information and truly outstanding subject-specific Law Reports (as noted on this blog a couple of times).  George is our Bloomberg point-person, but from what I’ve seen the quality of its content is very high — the question is, however:  Is it worth it? 

Today’s New York Times has an article by Ian Austen about the new Thomson Reuters / Bloomberg rivarly, “The New Fight for Financial News.”  It makes reference to Bloomberg’s monthly “take it or leave it” fee for all content, which includes Bloomberg Law.  But, as the story points out:

Neither company has sorted out a strategy for competing with [free] online services. Michael F. Holland, the chairman of Holland & Company and the former chief executive of First Boston’s asset management division, said he can no longer justify a Bloomberg terminal for his current role and often turns to the Web for data. He first used a terminal in the 1980s and remains a fan: “There really is nothing else that’s quite like the Bloomberg,” he said. “From the beginning, it has provided incredible information. But at a very high price.”

 

According to our information, the following law schools have some sort of access to Bloomberg Law:

Stanford, UVA, NYU, Cardozo, Duke, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Boalt, Chicago, Michigan, Cornell, Columbia, Fordham, Yale, Boston College, Boston University, Penn, Brooklyn, Harvard, St. Johns, New York Law.
There may be errors and/or omissions in this list, so we welcome corrections.

 

Bloomberg adds new enhancements

Bloomberg is working to add new communications enhancements — as of 16 June 2008 — to its system, including in BLAW, for:

* Adding attachments to messages quickly
* Never losing a message by mistake
* Providing unlimited space to compose messages
* Sending to multiple recipients without creating a SPDL (Speed Dial) group
* Ensuring more powerful MSG (Message) search capabilities

In addition to the many topical areas (bankruptcy, corporate, insurance, litigation, securities, etc.) of law covered in Paul Lomio’s 29 May post to this blog

Bloomberg Law Reports – Good stuff for current awareness

Bloomberg has now created Sustainable Energy and Asia Pacific Law Reports.

About the Sustainable Energy report, one of the professors here just e-mailed this note to me:

This is very good and useful–I’d be keen to see it regularly.

Bloomberg Law Reports – Good stuff for current awareness

We now receive Bloomberg Law Reports.  I’m not one to plug publishers, but I must say that I have received extremely favorable responses to these reports.  I forward them to faculty and they have consistently told me that the quality of the reports is extremely good. 

Here’s what we get (with a few faculty responses noted):

Bloomberg Law Reports®– Antitrust & Trade

this looks interesting and better organized than competitor publications.  I would love it if you could send me these

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Bankruptcy Law

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Corporate Law

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Employee Benefits

Bloomberg Law Reports® — Health Law

This looks great! Thank you!

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Insurance Law

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Intellectual Property

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Labor & Employment

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Litigation

Bloomberg Law Reports – Mergers & Acquisitions

This is quite interesting.
It would be useful to see it regularly.

 

 

Bloomberg Law Reports® – Securities Law

They arrive weekly as nice PDFs.

And they all come with this note:

For more information on BLOOMBERG LAW™ (BLAW) and the Bloomberg Professional service, please contact Amy Wilson at awilson15@bloomberg.net or Sebastean Leoni at sleoni2@bloomberg.net.

so if you’re interested in learning more, I suggest contacting one of these Bloomberg reps.