This morning I was getting an update from LexisNexis on their new and yet-to-be announced stuff and happened to see something flash by on one of the screens. I said: “Whoa- back up there.” Listed on the ‘already have’ section of the presentation was an iPhone App.

After having heard ad nauseam about how Fastcase was the first to release a legal research iPhone app – I had to ask: When was that release?
Answer: Last November.
Two points:
1 – Apparently Fastcase didn’t have the first one.
2 – LexisNexis could have had all that press and market buzz if they had been more Web 2.0 savvy.
BTW – once I get word back from LexisNexis on what is public, I will be posting on some of their upcoming stuff. There’s some interesting tools in the pipeline.
  • Ed,

    You still have time to be the first legal research app for the Android (hint, hint!!)

  • Hi, Toby! Lexis was absolutely the first legal publisher with an iPhone app — our team at Fastcase has pointed that out in our conversations with the media (see, for example, the comparison of the two apps on iPhone J.D.).

    We do make a distinction between the Lexis app, which only looks up cases by citation (and only if you already have a LexisNexis password), and the Fastcase app, which allows actual legal research (keyword or Boolean search, natural language search, or search by citation) for free, over cases and statutes.

    I quite like the Lexis app, and they were real pioneers in getting out there as early as they did. Hope our enthusiasm for the Fastcase app doesn't imply anything to the contrary!

  • Having written one of the first, if not the first, reviews of the Fastcase app, I know I didn't say it was the first that could access cases and I don't recall them making any such claim. That said, the two apps are miles apart. Fastcase lets you perform actual keyword research and lets you do it absolutely free. The lexisnexis app only lets you retrieve a specific case and requires that you have an active Lexisnexis account.