LLRXBuzz - May 28, 2001

The Latest on Legal Research

Tara Calishain is the co-author of Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research, 2nd Edition, and author or co-author of four other books. She is the owner of CopperSky Writing & Research.

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LawyerLocator Launched from UK

LawyerLocator, <http://www.LawyerLocator.co.uk>, is a Web directory of more than 54,000 UK solicitors and law firms. Martindale-Hubbell designed the site with information from Butterworths Law Directory. Also housed on the site is Lawyer HomePages, a Web design service launched by Martindale-Hubbell to get more UK lawyers online. Nothing is required to register on LawyerLocator and there is no charge to access the LawyerLocator.

The site offers searching by firm name, town, post code, or an extensive list of law areas ranging from Acquisitions, Mergers & Disposals to Yachts and
Pleasurecraft. An advanced search lets you search by individual name or type of listing (firm or chamber.)

There is advice on finding a solicitor, including whether it is a solicitor or barrister that is needed. The Small Claims Guide answers questions like the eligibility of a claim, the cost involved, and what is the small claims track. Also, there is a glossary of legal terms that an UK lay person might find useful.

Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse

Sanford Law School's Securities Class Action Clearinghouse  <http://securities.stanford.edu/index.html> "provides detailed information relating to the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation." Its Case Index is searchable by alphabetical index, record number, chronological index, or district index of state courts. The Clearinghouse features a searchable list of litigation filings by company name.

The database's search engine offers searching by company being sued, the company's ticker symbol, district court, or lawsuit year. An additional search
engine searches full text on the Web site. Searching brings up a company's name if there's a lawsuit outstanding against them. Click on the name and you'll get a description of the suit, including summary, court, date filed, class period start, type of complaint, and plaintiff firms involved. There's also a source for the gathered information. There's also a list of documents available -- I saw documents in .txt, .pdf, and .htm formats.

Viewers are invited to register to receive updates about companies being named in fraud complaints. There are also articles and papers related to class action litigation, local rules, and a list of related sites.
Worth a look.

Kentucky Statistics Online

If it is information about Kentucky you need, check out the Kentucky Virtual Library at http://www.kyvl.org/. From the home page, click on Kentuckians and go to the left margin for the link to a library tour of the gateway page and all additional resources. Books cannot be borrowed online, but catalogs are searchable to locate available titles.

Teachers will gain from informational Web sites organized by core subjects: arts & humanities, mathematics, practical living, reading, science, social studies and writing. There are additional resources focusing on English as a second language, general references and professional development.

Kentucky Stats is a link to statistical information about the state. Stat categories are listed on the left side of the page, from Agriculture to Women.
Pick a category, and a page will load filled with links to various statistical information -- for example, the energy category's links include Kentucky Coal Facts, Western and Eastern Kentucky Coal Production, and Renewable Resources in Kentucky. Nicely done, with a broad range of information.

eMarketer Unveils eStat Database

eMarketer has launched its eStat Database of Internet and e-business statistics. The database includes daily updated informational surveys, analysts articles, graphs, charts, research documents, and government and media reports. Two search options are available from the basic keyword or phrase search, to the advanced search with filtering options. For more information, or
to sign-up for a 24-hour free trial, click on www.eMarketer.com. You can also read more about the site in the press release at

Quick Takes

Living Wage Site Launched

The Employment Policies Institute has launched a Web site pertaining to its June symposium at http://www.epionline.org/livingwage/. The site includes living wage proposals by state and city, as well as information like what the living wage is, who's behind it and wage research in PDF files.

Defense Attorney Resource Available

A Criminal Defense Attorney Directory is online at http://www.criminal-attorneys-us.com/. Its purpose is to provide the public with a nationwide source for selecting a defense attorneys. Additional legal resources are listed and the defense lawyers are searchable by state.


Google Now Offers Posting In Google Groups

Google has begun offering posting options in its Google Groups, http://groups.google.com, site. All Usenet messages that are less than one month old will have the following message at the bottom: "Post a follow-up to
this message." After registering, users can log in and reply to a message.

Users can also start new threads by browsing to a group and choosing "Post a new message to [group name]" on the right side of the screen. Google Groups will honor the X-No-Archive header.

Search Engine Site Provides Grouped Resources

QuickFindIt <http://www.quickfindit.com/> creates "channels" of search engines that allow you to search in different categories fairly quickly. Channels are limited, but they appear to be going for depth rather than width, and there's a handy reference channel.

Here's how it works. Choose a channel. (Reference is nice.) Enter your query in the box at the top of the page and click on one of the reference sites in the middle of the page. The query result will open in a new window, allowing you to search several sites without filling out the query box over and over.

The site also has headlines (courtesy Moreover) and reviews of search engines (I saw reviews of Google, Handango, and eBags.) The channel selection could use some beefing up, but it's worth a look.