RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video-in a standardized format. A user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new articles, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS allows users to avoid manually inspecting all of the websites they are interested in, and instead subscribe to websites that provide a feed.
You can subscribe to RSS feeds through many different parsers, commonly called 'RSS readers', There are many free program downloads dedicated specifically for RSS available on the open web, and in recent years email software and browsers have developed a built in capability to read and subscribe to RSS.
RSS in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or above*
*please note that with each version update of a browser there may be small variations in how functions work so please consult microsoft documentation on the web as necessary.
To subscribe to a Mealey's RSS feed in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or above:
1. Click on any of the RSS Icons available under the expanding files below the tab "Content" at
Next to the Report or Topic you want to subscribe to, you will see the RSS symbol.*
*please note, if it is indicated that the Report or Topic is not available in Print or EBook format, with the exception of the underlined titles, the RSS feed subscribed to will be 'Mealey's Daily News Update'.
2. When you click on the icon the feed will parse and open a window displaying the most recent articles for the Report. Under the title of the feed at the top you will see a 'Subscribe to this feed' link.
3. Click on the 'Subscribe to this feed' link and you will be prompted to add the feed to your list of 'Favorites'. Click on the 'Subscribe' button.
4. The feed is now subscribed to. Any feed you have subscribed is now available and accessed thru the 'Favorites Center' link at the of the browser window.
5. Litigation Report feeds are updated with every Issue release. The Daily News feed is updated every business day excluding holidays. By default IE 7 sweeps the feed for new items every 24 hours but more customization is available under the Options settings.
RSS in Microsoft Outlook 2007 or above* (OPML Files)
To subscribe to all Mealey's pub RSS feeds at once in Outlook:
1. Go to File>Import and Export.
2. Select 'Import RSS Feeds from an OPML file', then 'Next'.
3. In the OPML file name field to import paste:
4. Click 'Next'.
5. Check 'Select All', then 'Next'.
6. All of the pubs feeds will pull into the RSS Feeds folder. This folder is in your list of the Outlook folders at left.
7. To view any feed items just click on the particular feed folder.
- You can delete items after you read them, like they were an email.
- The items are searchable.
8. To subscribe any single Mealey's RSS feed go to
9. Right click on the RSS icon for the Report or Topic you wish to subscribe to and select 'Copy Shortcut.'
10. In Outlook find the 'RSS Feeds' folder available in the list of default Mail Folders listed on the left of the window.
11. Right click on the 'RSS Feeds' folder and select 'Add a New RSS Feed...'
12. In the box that pops up there will be an open field with your cursor placed there.
13. Right click and select 'Paste'. (or 'Ctrl-V' on your keyboard) The feed's URL you copied should now appear in the field.
14. Click on the 'Add' button in the same box and the feed will be subscribed to and added to your RSS Feeds folder.
15. To view any feed items just click on the particular feed folder.
16. RSS Feeds will automatically update when new items are added. For the Litigation Report feeds this is based on the periodical release schedule, for the Daily News Feed it is everyday at approximately 4pm.
D. Open Web RSS Readers
There are many free program downloads dedicated specifically for RSS available on the open web. Some of the most popular ones and links to download them are listed below. All RSS reader programs will vary slightly in subscription methods and options, but all are typically very simple and intuitive to use. There is usually a 'Subscribe' or 'Add' button in the interface. Please consult the documentation available within each program as necessary.
Mealey's began creating and offering RSS Feeds for all of its Litigation Report titles in September of 2006. Since that time Mealey's RSS has expanded to podcasts, twitter feeds, mobile apps, and daily news. Mealey's RSS feeds contain the headline and first paragraph of news articles with a link to view the full article version on lexis.com (subscription required).