Fastcase today (3 September) announced the acquisition of the legal technology assets and staff of Judicata, a California legal research solution provider widely recognized as an innovator in the legal space. The Judicata team has joined Fastcase with the mission of extending their California research and analytics tools nationwide in the Fastcase and Docket Alarm platforms.

After graduating from Columbia Law School, working at Jones Day, and working at Google building Google Scholar, Itai Gurari founded Judicata in 2012 with Adam Hahn and Blake Masters. The team started the company to “map the legal genome,” spending the last decade building out industry-leading research, analysis, and workflow tools for California law. Judicata chief technology officer Ben Pedrick, Gurari and the Judicata team will join Fastcase to scale those solutions nationwide.

“We’ve long admired Judicata’s creative and beautiful product development, with tools such as high quality search results, advanced filters, its citator, and its Clerk brief analyzer – it’s one of the reasons we named Itai as a 2013 Fastcase 50 honoree,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “Judicata is a generation ahead of even the largest legal research platforms, and their technology will be the core of the next generation of Fastcase tools. This is a blockbuster deal for the 900,000 lawyers who have access to Fastcase.”

The move follows the acquisition of CaseLines by Thomson Reuters as competition in the legal research sector intensifies.