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  • In a December 25, "Dealbook" article, the New York Times details how IRS agent Gary L. Alford used his online searching skills to correctly identify the previously-anonymous, "nearly-mythical leader" of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road. Known for years to authorities only by his online alias "Dread Pirate Roberts," Alford positively uncovered the criminal's true identity - "Ross W....


  • In September 2015, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (Committee) issued Formal Opinion 127—“Use of Social Media for Investigative Purposes” to address the conflicting ethical opinions from various jurisdictions about how to apply the established ethical principles to the use of social media and social networks as investigative tools. The Committee stated, “In many respects, the...


  • Google has crippled yet another of it's search filters/features. This time it's the location feature. Changes to the search results interface now limit a searcher's option when customizing their location. It's fairly well known that Google customizes search results based on the detected location of your device (among numerous other criteria). For a number of years, Google has given searchers...


  • November 8, 2015 by Carole Levitt JD MLS & Mark Rosch     For investigative research database searching, we have been recommending TLOxp to lawyers for many years because it was inexpensive and did not require a monthly or annual subscriber fee. While the search began at 0.25 and quickly went up to $1.00 and then $2.00, and the comprehensive report went from $5.00 to $10.00, a...


  • By virtue of a new agreement between Yahoo and Google, search results from the two rivals may start looking even more alike.   Yahoo has signed an agreement with Google under which, "Google will provide Yahoo with search advertisements ..., web algorithmic search services..., and image search services." So now, Yahoo will draw some if its web search results, image results, and attendant...


  • In an e-mail to their marketing list, Ravel Law, the San Franciso-based "legal search, analytics, and visualization platform" announced that the company has "teamed up with Harvard Law School to make American case law free and open for the first time ever." The announcement was delivered by Ravel Law CEO Daniel Lewis. The email further explained: Working with the Harvard Law Library, the world...


  • blockquote { display: block; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 40px; margin-right: 40px; } Recently, Internet For Lawyers principals Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch shared some of their favorite secret Google search tips and ways to access expensive research databases for free with Sam Glover over at the Lawyerist Podcast. In his introduction to the...


  • Not everything is available for free on the Internet - and sometimes even when it is, that information might be difficult to find or spread over multiple sources. With their access to public records, publicly available information, and proprietary information not available elsewhere, pay investigative research databases are important tools lawyers can use to uncover background information about...


  • Today, TLOxp announced a forthcoming “Relationship Report,” which will allow subscribers to run one report automatically comparing the assets (typically this refers only to real property and vehicles—not bank accounts or stocks) of two subjects, as well as showing other connections. "This additional investigative tool will save you valuable time by running one report connecting both...


  • Yesterday, we wrote about the announcement that Fastcase had acquired Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer. (Thanks to Bob Ambrogi for breaking the story and his detailed reporting.) Fastcase discusses the transition briefly on its own site.Today, we have learned that LexisNexis has emailed contacts asking “Are You a Loislaw® customer?”, with an offer to match your current Loislaw pricing for a new...


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