Casetext to challenge the legal research establishment with major upgrade

Casetext has unveiled what it describes as the legal research platform of the future: a new user experience that integrates traditional keyword search with the company’s CARA A.I.-powered research technology.

The major upgrade that we first flagged in early April is three-pronged:

– The new Casetext seamlessly integrates CARA A.I. contextual search functionality into the traditional legal research workflow to help users find highly relevant cases faster and more efficiently than ever before;

– It includes the ability to upload complaints and other pre-litigation documents into CARA A.I. contextual search; and

– Offers an improved user interface, upgraded algorithm and increased speed.

“By integrating CARA A.I. with legal search functionality, we’re empowering attorneys to research the same way they always have, but get much more relevant results, much more quickly,” said Jake Heller, CEO and co-founder of Casetext.

Casetext’s CARA A.I. drag and drop functionality means that users’ search experience is tailored to what they are working on so that they can find relevant authorities fast. This takes out a lot of the frustration, difficulty, and risk involved with traditional Boolean legal research.

As of today, users can use any legal document to start a search tailored specifically to what they are working on; CARA can now use not only briefs, but also complaints, memos, and more to “understand” what the researcher is working on and provide tailored results.

Speaking to Legal IT Insider in April, Heller said: “Ours is a technology company and we say the law should be free: we collect all of the information in a way that doesn’t require us to spend billions of dollars. For people without the resources to spend hundreds of dollars we feel proud we’re democratising the law and we only charge the people who want to be more efficient and want to have a competitive advantage. Because we’re charging for the technology, it has to be so much better than free.”

He added: “The next step is that we want to win the hearts and minds of every attorney in America, so even if you use Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis, you use Casetext. We believe that’s the path to widespread adoption. We’re not asking firms to replace those providers overnight, but our mission is to win over the users. We are heads down right now working on a major announcement for an upgrade that will put us in a position to be more competitive with the incumbents.”