June 2016

Expansion of Smart CodeSM Functionality to Minnesota, Missouri and Washington Laws and Regulations

Bloomberg Law's Smart CodeSM functionality has been expanded to Minnesota, Missouri and Washington Laws and Regulations. Users can now pull up a Minnesota, Missouri or Washington statute or regulation and click on the Smart CodeSM tab located along the top of the page to quickly view extracts of court opinions discussing the provision they are researching. This feature allows users to filter the relevant extracts by Keyword, Date, Court, or Topic to easily identify the most useful results. Smart CodeSM uses machine learning to assign a strength of discussion score on a sliding scale from “weak” to “strong”, enabling users to focus on the legal discussions most likely to inform their research. 

The specific codes and regulations where Smart CodeSM has been added include:

With the addition of Minnesota, Missouri and Washington, Smart CodeSM is now available for 20 states and the District of Columbia, as well as various collections of federal statutes, rules, and regulations.

SEC ALJ Enforcement Tracker

A new Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Enforcement Action Tracker is now live on the Securities Practice Center on Bloomberg Law (accessible via the ‘Practice Pages,’ ‘Litigation & Dockets’ or Practice Tools’ blade under Resources). This tool provides analysis of ALJ initial decisions in litigated SEC enforcement actions. It enables users to search across these actions based on the types of issues that give rise to these actions, the types of entities involved, the titles of individuals involved in the actions, and the types of non-monetary remediation granted in each case. This tool can be used to help predict the likely outcomes in similar situations and to prepare for the final remediation decisions in such actions. 


Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security

On Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security, users can now run a search with multiple criteria (keywords, date filters, topic filters when available) and results will be captured in the URL.

Enhanced Help Center

Beginning the week of June 13th, a new Help Center will be available on Bloomberg Law.

In addition to an improved look and feel, the new Help Center includes a couple of significant enhancements. First, we have added a search box, allowing users to keyword search Help Center topics and quickly find the page they need. The new search box can be found in the upper right corner of the Help Center.

Second, users can now initiate a chat with the helpdesk directly from a Help Center page, making it easier for users to find additional assistance. Users can initiate a chat by clicking the box in the lower right corner of the screen.

Law Firm Research

Users can now sort and filter Law Firm Research (law firm client alerts and memos) by firm. After running a search using Law Firm Research as the source, users can filter their results using the Filter Your Results box on the left-hand rail. Firms with the most legal research content on Bloomberg Law will appear first, but clicking on Select More in the Filter Your Results box will allow users to view all the law firms for which Bloomberg Law has law firm research. The collection will be listed alphabetically and users can filter accordingly. Law Firm Research can be accessed from U.S. Secondary Sources, Global Law, or from the Business Development Center’s Law Firm Client Memos on the right rail under Competitive Tools & Resources. Bloomberg Law is continuing to expand its law firm research collection, providing law firm memos from more firms and improving the timeliness of its collection.


Law Firm Research


New From BBNA Books

A new cumulative supplement to ERISA Fiduciary Law, Second Edition is now available.


The supplement includes a new chapter on the ERISA implications of investment in swaps and other derivatives, consideration of emerging topics relating to the Department of Labor’s controversial reproposal of the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the proposed “Best Interest Contract” class exemption, and a discussion of insurers’ fiduciary responsibilities. Analysis has been updated for a number of recent judicial and regulatory developments, including a host of Supreme Court cases such as Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer and Tibble International v. Edison, and other federal court decisions addressing revenue sharing and excessive fee claims, statute of limitations, arbitration, employer stock-drop issues, preemption of state law malpractice claims against attorneys, and many others.



Bloomberg BNA Portfolios

The following portfolios are now available on Bloomberg Law:

  • 700-4th: Choice of Entity: Organizational Issues
  • 701-1st: Choice of Entity: Operational Issues

These portfolios can be found by going to the Search & Browse tab, BNA Portfolios, clicking on US Income Portfolios, and then expanding U.S. Income Portfolios: Partnerships.