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  • Legal Ethics Considerations for Lawyers' Use of Cloud Computing Services
    04/14/2016 - 09:49
    We often get questions about the security of "cloud computing" services like Google Apps and whether that security is tight enough for lawyers to use them. Google Apps, for example, meets the security standards put in place for the online storage of government agencies' information set out in the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2000 (FISMA 44 U.S.C. § 3541, et seq.). Cloud...


  • Google Kills Blogsearch (Again) - But This Time They REALLY Mean It
    03/28/2016 - 14:01
    We have previously written about Google's move to integrate its BlogSearch results into its already existing NewsSearch results. At that time, we identified a work-around that would allow you to retrieve Blog-only results from the BlogSearch database's previous incarnation. Google recently discontinued access to that work-around - killing BlogSearch once and for all. Results from blogs can still...


  • Bench Reporter Archives California Tentative Rulings Into a Searchable Database
    03/09/2016 - 11:45
    California lawyers will be interested to learn about a new site, Bench Reporter, which archives thousands of Superior Court Tentative Rulings (primarily from Los Angeles County). Tentative Rulings were introduced in the 1960s in Los Angeles. They later expanded to other counties. Judges are not required to use Tentative Rulings. (See California Rule of Court 3.1308 to learn what procedure your...


  • Google Expands Translate Service to 103 Languages
    03/08/2016 - 21:41
    Google has added 13 additional languages to its Google Translate service. This brings the total number of languages Google Translate can translate into or out of to 103.  Google claims that with this addition will, "help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world." Google also claims that with these additional...


  • Update to “New Relationship Report in TLOxp”
    03/03/2016 - 17:31
    In an earlier post, we reported that TLOxp announced a forthcoming “Relationship Report,” which allows subscribers to simultaneously run one report comparing the assets (typically this refers only to real property and vehicles—not bank accounts or stocks) and showing other connections between two subjects. Pricing had not been announced at that time. Now that we have tried out...


  • The Unofficial User Guide to New Casemaker Features
    02/17/2016 - 11:54
    The preview we posted last month of our "The Unofficial User Guide to New Casemaker Features" has proven to be very popular with readers. As we explained in the preview, while the folks at Casemaker have been extremely busy adding new features and content to their database, and extending date coverage further back in time, their online User Guide has not kept pace, and is no longer up to date...


  • How to Conduct a Quick Google Scholar Search with the Click of a Button
    02/17/2016 - 11:50
    For those who like to conduct a quick Google Scholar search for case law or articles, you can add a Scholar Button to the Firefox and/or Chrome browsers’ bar. This allows you to launch the Google Scholar search box right from your browser bar without typing the URL. After the Google Scholar button is installed, click the button that is now located on your browser bar (see next image). The...


  • Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Cases: Finally, Free Party Name Searching Option
    02/14/2016 - 08:46
    What We Used to Do to Search by Party Name Although you can search civil (http://linkon.in/lasupernumber) and criminal (http://linkon.in/lasupercrimdefname) case summaries (dockets) free by case number using the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s official website, searching by party name requires a fee, as shown in the fee schedule below (civil:http://linkon.in/lasupparty and criminal:http...


  • The Unofficial User Guide to New Casemaker Features
    01/08/2016 - 12:45
    The folks at Casemaker have been extremely busy adding new features and content to their database, and extending date coverage further back in time. With so many new additions, their online User Guide is now out of date. This is a preview of our upcoming White paper where we will explain many of the new additions and add screen shots to illustrate many of the features. Subsequent Case History...


  • Device Offer More Anonymous Surfing, Hides IP Address | eBlocker
    01/08/2016 - 12:12
    In our live seminars, we talk a lot about the ways Web sites in general, and search engines in particular, are able to customize the informaiton you see based on numerous factors, including your location (as detected by you Internet conneciton), your IP (Internet Protocol) Address, previous web history, among others. One remedy we we suggest to minimize some of this customization is to start an...


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