The Massachusetts Bar Association now provides you with Fastcase
7, the all-new version of Fastcase!
Fastcase 7 is an even more fluid and easy-to-navigate online
legal research library. It has all of the familiar features and
tools as the classic Fastcase service, plus an enhanced Forecite,
Tag Cloud, Authority Check and Bad Law Bot; more advanced search
options; new results screen options; larger fonts and selections to
make documents easier to read on computer screens; and new
dual-column printing options.
The best part - you get to choose when to use Fastcase 7. When
you log in to www.massbar.org/fastcase, you'll see a slider in the
top right corner of your screen that allows you to toggle back and
forth between Fastcase 7 and the classic Fastcase service.
As a member of the MBA you have unlimited access to one of the
largest law libraries in the world. Fastcase ordinarily costs $995
per year for an individual subscriber, but MBA members have access
to Fastcase and Fastcase 7 for FREE. There are no restrictions on
time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited
reference assistance and unlimited customer service included with
this FREE member benefit, as well as a newspaper archive, legal
forms and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings. You also have
free access to Fastcase's intuitive and smarter legal research
tools, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile
apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase
When you use the new Fastcase 7 version, you'll also get the
following new features and additions:
The New Home Screen
As soon as you enter Fastcase 7, you will be greeted with a
guided visual tour that automatically loads the first time you
toggle over and can be viewed anytime, as many times as you need.
You will notice several resources, tools and updates are
prominently displayed, including help resources, such as the
ability to live chat with a Fastcase reference attorney; any new
results on alerts you have set for particular searches; and quick
access to a much more detailed version of your search history than
was available in previous versions of Fastcase.
A More Advanced Search
For the first time you can search across different types of
materials at the same time. Cases, state constitutions, attorney
general opinions - choose to search everything or filter results
down to just a select category. You can also choose to search
across all materials associated with a particular state
The Results Screen
When you run a search on Fastcase 7 your main results are
accompanied by several tools, all on the same page. These panels
can be hidden or expanded without any load time, everything is
pre-loaded. You can also move panels and customize your
You control which results are displayed with the Filter
pane and can clear and apply filters to your heart's content
without ever leaving the results page.
The Tag Cloud is the first of its kind in the legal
research space. You can ascertain which terms are being used to
discuss a legal issue in a flash, and can click any term to see
only results that use that term.
The Interactive Timeline is now displayed directly
below your search results. You do not have to go to another page to
view the timeline, and can now see your results and the data
visualization of those results simultaneously.
Suggested Results are displayed alongside your main
results for every search. This right-hand column is no longer just
for HeinOnline materials, but Forecite Results, Journals, and
everything in between.
You get bottomless results. There are no pages of cases
to click through on Fastcase 7. When you scroll to the bottom of
the initial results, more results will load automatically.
The Document Page
Fastcase 7 makes reading cases on a screen easier by using
large, beautiful fonts. You can make the reading experience even
cleaner by activating full screen mode using the diagonal arrows on
the top right of the opinion text.
Your results list is now displayed alongside the opinion text in
larger format. You can favorite or add cases to your print queue
directly from an opinion page.
The New Authority Check
You can view Authority Check alongside your opinion. All of your
citing cases, the case-level Interactive Timeline and Bad Law Bot,
can be viewed without opening a new tab or window. Statistical
information about which jurisdictions are citing your case is now
clearer so you can spot trends in the law on the fly. You can view
the Authority Check report right next to your case, or expand it
for the full dashboard view.
New Dual-Column Printing
Now you can download up to 500 documents at a time in a zip
file, with each document in a separate file. Each file has an
intelligent name, so you can identify them in a snap.
Fastcase has pioneered the smartest legal research tools in the
market, with integrated citation analysis tools, data visualization
maps of search results and the first legal research apps for
iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The service also includes Bad Law
Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to
judicial opinions. Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal
research market and continues to challenge the incumbents in legal
publishing and legal technology. In the American Bar Association's
annual tech survey, users have ranked Fastcase the most popular
smartphone app for lawyers every year, including in the 2015
survey. From 2010 through 2014, Fastcase was named to the
prestigious EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the
digital economy alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook. The
American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase's integration
with HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year, and its app for
iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year.