April 13, 2005

Westlaw Gets Punk'd

by PG

Today's point-winning opportunity on LexisNexis requires one to know nothing except that Lexis is massively superior to Westlaw. Sample questions:

6. Which research system provides headnotes that are comprised soley of the courtís own language which helps eliminate the possibility of misinterpretation or misleading analysis?
A. LexisNexis
B. Westlaw

7. Which legal research systemís headnotes are not comprised soley of the court's own language and have been criticized by the judiciary for their focus and language?
A. LexisNexis
B. Westlaw

April 13, 2005 10:06 AM | TrackBack

Yeah - Lexis is so cool, they gave away all our social security numbers to identity thieves. How awesome.

I always knew Lexis was low rent, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by: Centrist at April 13, 2005 01:15 PM

Hey, I got 200 points for taking that quiz! That's like, one-third of a $10 Blockbuster card or something. As long as they keep the free stuff coming, I don't care how lame the quizzes are!

Posted by: anon at April 14, 2005 11:17 PM

heh. The reason Lexis headnotes use the court language is because they just hire monkeys to cut and paste. Wow, impressive. Westlaw actually has attorneys read the case and distill the legal point into a readable headnote. If you get in trouble by relying on a headnote you're an idiot. They're for assisting research. The court language itself is always authoritative.

Posted by: ss at May 25, 2005 04:46 PM

"ss" may be correct, but it should be noted that s/he came to this post through a technorati search for "westlaw and headnotes" and visits from the westgroup.com domain.

Posted by: PG at May 25, 2005 06:38 PM
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