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Web Works Creates Emergency TROs

A new Internet service says it has the power to help defuse domestic violence situations., based in Santa Barbara, Calif., says some courts will accept emergency petitions from certified advocates that are sent via its secure Web site. In Milwaukee County (Wisc.) Superior Court, users can e-file petitions to a court commissioner, who can log on and immediately approve an emergency restraining order, allowing police to intercede, the company explains.

In Northern Calif.'s Tulare County courts, domestic violence filings can now be received via e-filing, however at the present time, only during business hours.

Reader Response card no. 230. is a new Web site that provides attorneys with a searchable database of actual trial testimony, legal briefs, pleadings, motions, affidavits, jury instructions, verdicts, and expert witness testimony. The site was developed and is hosted by Hubbard Online.

The documents come directly from state and federal trial courts across the U.S., the company reports, and include coverage of a variety of practice areas, including anti-trust, personal injury, securities, medical malpractice, tax, insurance, labor & employment, products liability, white collar criminal law, environmental, civil rights, intellectual property, and more, it says. During 1Q 2001, it plans to add hypertext links to case law and statutory references from within court documents; access to a public documents database; and links and service directories.

Juritas also announced that it has selected Digex Inc. to manage all of the information needed to serve Juritas' growing attorney customer-base. Digex will supply Juritas with Compaq ProLiant servers and Sun Enterprise systems running Oracle databases.

Reader Response card no. 231.

West Group says its Web site,, has been upgraded and beefed up, and is now 33 percent faster than the prior version.

New customized interface tabs allow a researcher to create jurisdiction and topic specific shortcuts into Westlaw, and the service now covers 50 jurisdictions and six topic areas, including tax, labor and employment, intellectual property, bankruptcy, securities and environmental law, it reports.

A searchable table of contents has been added, it notes. Users can now view information in full-screen views.

Reader Response card no. 232.


Attorney Charles Cobb says his new Web site, LexFocus provides a venue where people can report their experiences with arbitrators and mediators. Cobb, a Newton, Mass. trial lawyer, says the site provides a place to "get and give the kind of real information about alternative dispute resolution providers that is now available only through gravevine scuttlebutt."

"Like student evaluations of teachers, LexFocus allows customers of arbitrators and mediators to get and give ratings of those ADR providers."

Disputes that used to be destined for court are increasingly channeled into conference rooms of unregulated private neturals, he notes.

People who offer to serve as private judges may have predispositions not apparent in promotional materials, he warns.

Reader Response card no. 233.


Infotrieve has extended its services to offer online access to 130 business and library journals published by MCB University Press.

The MCB service, known as Emerald (the Electronic Management Research Library Database) delivers full-text of the documents, which can be searched. Retrieved articles are available for immediate purchase and electronic delivery evia e-mail.

Infotrieve also can link MCB publications to its research services, which include a bibliography database and alerts of news articles.

Reader Response card no. 234. helps attorneys, arbitrators and insurance claims adjusters determine the value of lost earnings. The database allows users to value personal injury and medical malpractice cases, and create demand letters and negotiate settlements without the expense of hiring experts early in the discovery process.It also can be used as defense attorneys to determine potential lost earnings exposure for their clients, and to help insurance companies set reserves for pending lost earnings cases. The site creates a 12-page "Earning Capacity Estimator report."

Reader Response card no. 235.

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