May 2016

Bloomberg Law Introduces Smart CodeSM

We are pleased to announce that statutory Case Analysis on Bloomberg Law has a new name – Smart CodeSM.

Smart CodeSM is an improvement on annotated code that uses machine learning to identify sections of court opinions (called “extracts”) that make reference to a particular code, rule or regulation and then ranks each extract’s discussion of the code on a sliding scale from “weak” to “strong”.  It also offers the ability to search by keyword and to filter by date, jurisdiction, and legal topic.  Smart CodeSM serves as an example of how Bloomberg Law is innovating within the legal intelligence space by embracing technology.

Smart CodeSM is currently available for the entirety of the United States Code (USC), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the Federal Rules.  Smart CodeSM is also live for 18 states and the District of Columbia, and will be available across all states by the end of 2016.



Representation Analytics Enhancements

We recently introduced a number of enhancements to Representation Analytics, as well as some enhancements to the look, feel, and usability of the tool.  Representation Analytics leverages Bloomberg Law’s first-in-class company and dockets data to deliver actionable analysis to attorneys and other legal professionals, enabling you to  grow your business and continue to provide sound advice to your clients. In addition, because Representation Analytics is part of the entire Bloomberg Law package, it is convenient, easily accessible, and can empower you to make intelligent choices about where and how to dedicate your time on business development. The enhancements are as follows:


  1. Dashboard – the new Representation Analytics launch page and dashboard allows you to see the four previous searches you ran. You can access your recent searches with ease without having to re-enter your search criteria. 

  2. Jurisdiction View – we have added a Jurisdiction view to complement the existing Case Type and Litigation History views. This heat map enables you to quickly identify jurisdictions with the highest density of cases for the company or law firm you choose. We offer three discrete views: (1) Circuit (Combined), which includes both U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeals; (2) Appellate, which includes the Circuit Courts of Appeals; and (3) District, which includes the U.S. District Courts 

  3. Company Hierarchy – while in the Company View, you can click the new Company Hierarchy icon and access a snapshot of the same organizational charts found on Company Profiles. This feature makes it easier for you to get a handle on a company as a whole and to understand where a given subsidiary or related entity fits into an organization. You can click any hyperlinked company name to see the Representation Analytics for that entity or click “view full hierarchy” to access the entire chart. 

  4. More Flexibility for Reporting – you can now create reports in Microsoft Word, in addition to PDF and Excel, allowing for more customization in your report creation and data visualization.

Complaints & Petitions for civil cases are now available for Dallas County District Court dockets in Texas. The complaint or petition is automatically collected and attached to the dockets upon collection. Collection of dockets and complaints occurs on the same day as the request, making this service highly competitive. Users can also request other documents if they are electronically available from the court.

Bloomberg Law Dockets: Bulk Print & Download

You can now select multiple docket entries to print or download.

Checkbox selections have been added to the docket entries that already have pdf’s loaded on the docket sheet, indicated by a “View” link. You can select multiple items that read “View” and then choose the “Print/Download Entries” option at the top of the docket. Once in the download center you can email multiple documents.

Bloomberg Law Dockets: Dallas, TX Complaints

Complaints for civil dockets are now automatically collected in the state District Court for Dallas, TX. Collection occurs multiple times a day and cases are available on the same day they were filed.

Bloomberg Law Dockets: Case Type Filter

A new Case Type Filter has been released for civil dockets in the California Superior Court for San Diego County. The Case Type filter becomes an available field after selecting the San Diego civil court within your docket search, and allows the selection of multiple case types, e.g. insurance coverage, asbestos, product liability.

Dockets: Introducing a new sidebar for dockets currency information

On the new sidebar you will find:

  • A larger and more visible docket update date and time
  • An explanation of what the update date means for the different ways we collect from courts
  • A preview of new filings added to the docket since the last update on Bloomberg Law - in selected federal courts
  • Information that scrolls along with the docket   
Bloomberg Law Dockets – New Content: United Kingdom Companies Court

Bloomberg Law now provides unique access to a list of daily issued claims for the Companies Division in the United Kingdom High Court of Justice.

You can search and create alerts for dockets relating to the insolvency of companies, including:

  • Petitions to wind up a company
  • Applications to unfreeze bank accounts or challenge a winding up petition
  • Applications to restore a company to the register after it has been struck off


The Companies Division also handles a number of other company-based case types including:

  • Applications for approval of a reduction in share capital or share premium registration of charges after the time limit
  • Appeals against a decision by a liquidator to reject a proof of debt in an insolvency
  • Applications by either the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills or the Official Receiver to disqualify a director (and applications to act as one following disqualification)   

BNA Portfolios

The following portfolios are now available on Bloomberg Law:

  • 5120-3rd : Leases: Lessor Perspective — Economics - The portfolio can be found by going to the Search & Browse tab, BNA Portfolios, clicking on Accounting Policy & Practice Portfolios: Accounting Rules and Disclosures.
  • Introduction to Private Equity Fund Formation - Phillip P. Isom & Nicola Rosenstock, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP authored this new Securities Practice Portfolio. The portfolio provides a detailed overview of the legal and economic issues surrounding the formation of private equity funds. Topics covered include the formation of funds in the most commonly used jurisdictions and the documentation necessary to form and market interests in such funds. The portfolio can be found by going to the Search & Browse tab, BNA Portfolios, Securities Practice Portfolio Series, and clicking on Investment Management Regulation.   

New from BBNA Books

Patents After the AIA: Evolving Law and Practice

This comprehensive treatise provides a self-contained reference and guide to tactical and strategic patenting decisions for professionals after the most comprehensive revision to U.S. patent law since 1952, the America Invents Act (AIA). The AIA fundamentally altered U.S. patent law by transitioning from a “First-to-Invent” to a “First-Inventor-to-File” patent system.  More than 350 practice tips, an extensive glossary of terms, and dozens of fact patterns with timeline scenarios for each are included.