Fastcase can stand alone as a system to retrieve and search for federal and state case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions, among other materials. It also features an Authority Check/”Bad Law Bot” citation service allowing a researcher to see later-citing cases and to identify negative history. TMLL already has a subscription to Fastcase, which can be accessed from the database list on our home page. But the Hein-Fastcase partnership links materials in the two systems, as illustrated below.
When accessing HeinOnline, you will now see a Fastcase tab, which allows you to type or paste in a case citation, or use a drop down menu to choose a reporter name while you supply the volume and page.
This partnership also offers the useful ability to retrieve authorities from within a law review article you are reading on HeinOnline. For example, when a case is cited within an article, the case citation appears with blue highlighting. The blue highlighted citations link to the case in either HeinOnline or Fastcase.
Conversely, Fastcase subscribers who also subscribe to Hein (such as TMLL/Carey Law) will be able to search Hein's Law Journal Library as well as the Session Laws Library, State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, and State Statutes: A Historical Archive from inside Fastcase. The inclusion of the Law Journal Library represents the first secondary sources to be integrated into Fastcase.
This partnership between the two of the largest independent legal publishers in the U.S. will no doubt lead to additional features that enhance the systems' competitiveness in the legal information marketplace.