BNA Headnotes & Classification Outlines


Bloomberg BNA Headnotes are available on editorially-selected cases and administrative decisions within the intellectual property, labor, employment, health, trade, environmental and communications practice areas. 


Bloomberg BNA Classification Outlines - created and indexed by Bloomberg BNA's subject-matter specialists-organize areas of law by topic. Search or browse over classification outlines to find relevant headnotes and their related cases by topic, keyword or classification number.   


Bloomberg BNA analyst-editors use their expertise within specific practice areas to determine what the most important cases are and write headnotes that analyze the rulings in each case, rather than just black letter law.     

How To Access Bloomberg BNA Headnotes

  1. From the Search Bar, type the phrase “headnotes” or “classification outlines”.
  2. Select BNA Headnotes and Classification Outlines from the dropdown.
  3. To access a specific Classification Outline from the dropdown, start typing the name of that outline and then select it from the dropdown.

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  1. From the Search Bar, click Select Sources.
  2. Click Advanced Searches from the top right side and select BNA Headnotes and Classification Outlines from the dropdown list. – THIS IS NOT YET LIVE

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  3. Click Browse All Content on the top left corner of the screen.
  4. Click Litigation & Dockets.
  5. Select BNA Headnotes and Classification Outlines from the dropdown. – THIS IS NOT YET LIVE

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  1. Identify whether a case has the [BNA] icon next to the caption, as this indicates when a case includes BNA Headnotes.
  2. From an opinion or decision, click the View/Hide Headnotes button.
How to Search the Contents of a Classification Outline Topic

  1. Load a Classification Outline by clicking on its name.
  2. Click the + to expand a topic.
  3. You can hover over a secondary topic and click the Search button that appears.
  4. Input your desired search terms and click the Search button.
Searching for BNA Headnotes Using Classification Outlines

  1. Load a Classification Outline by clicking on its name.
  2. Click the + icon to expand a topic.
  3. Click the Topic number. The results page populates with headnotes and cases that relate to the topic you chose.
  • BNA Headnotes are easily identifiable in search results because opinions and decisions with headnotes include the BNA icon.
  • Access any individual Classification Outline or the entire collection by starting to type the phrase “Classification Outline.”
  • BNA Headnotes are assembled by topic into the practice area-specific BNA Classification Outlines, which can be searched and browsed.