Google’s Attempt to Takeover the World Reaches New Levels
Wow. This morning Google announced that it has launched a new feature on Google Scholar that makes it possible for anyone, anywhere, to do a comprehensive search of every published court decision in the country. This is huge news. It won’t be the complete death knell for Lexis and Westlaw – presumably, Google isn’t going to be providing access to unpublished opinions contained in the Lexis and Westlaw databases (the selection of which is proprietary to Lexis and Westlaw), and won’t be able to provide access to a lot of secondary sources such as restatements and the like. But this will make it much, much easier for solo practitioners to do an adequate job without bankrupting themselves. As importantly, it provides the average person with the kind of access to the law of the land that was previously exclusive to lawyers. Even more impressive, the service also contains a feature (albeit a somewhat confusing feature) that allows the reader to cite check any case.