Like Lexis Nexus? Like Westlaw? What if you could combine the two… for free? Well, they are not being combined really, but Google is introducing Wexis, an upcoming new FREE online data base of caselaw. Many of us are already familiar with Google Scholar (which I love and use regularly when I want to view a case out of subscription). Nevertheless, compared to Westlaw and Lexus, Google Scholar is still pretty simple. I could not find any reactions by Westlaw or Lexis, but I think they will be more worried this time than when they released statements regarding Google Scholar.
Wexis is much, much more. Google is teaming up with law.gov to provide a free and authenticated legal database. Granted, Westlaw and Lexis are more than just datebases, but they also provide research tools, shephardizing, historical notes, and more. In any case, only time will tell in this battle of Information. (hat tip to Avvo Blog)