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Litigators Now Able to Compare Multiple Briefs in Seconds With New Judicial Brief Analysis on Lexis+

October 26, 2021

Litigators are expected to cover every base when developing briefs for a case, so one of the tasks they often undertake is to compare opposing briefs and motions, one argument at a time. This enables them to stand in the judge’s shoes and compare documents like they do in the courts.

Unfortunately, conducting this sort of manual side-by-side comparison of briefs runs the risk of overlooking or misunderstanding critical arguments, which could have serious ramifications on a judicial ruling and perhaps even the ultimate outcome of a case. It is also an extremely tedious exercise that consumes time and precious litigation resources.

A new application of Artificial Intelligence technology is providing an extraordinary solution to this problem that promises to be a valuable assistance to litigators in the preparation of their briefs.

The new Judicial Brief Analysis tool, available exclusively on Lexis+, uses the power of AI to mirror the process that judges and court clerks use when analyzing opposing briefs. This new feature automates the manual process of comparing briefs by highlighting common elements and differences in your arguments versus your opponent’s arguments, then recommending cases that could potentially strengthen your position.

Here is how it works. You simply select the option to “Compare Multiple Briefs” in the Lexis+ Brief Analysis experience, then drag and drop the documents you wish to compare onto the screen in the appropriate location depending on whether the brief is from the plaintiff or the defendant. You can upload up to six documents at a time (three for the plaintiff and three for the defendant).

Now the AI does its job to instantly scan all the documents and compare these briefs directly with each other. There are five key tests the tool performs within seconds:

  • Recommendations — A list of previous cases that each party should consider to strengthen their briefs, as well as cases of shared interest for both parties, recommended secondary sources for consideration, and relevant Practical Guidance materials to review.
  • Similar Briefs — A list of briefs from the Lexis+ database that are similar to each party’s briefs, as well as similar briefs shared by both sides.
  • Shepard’s®️ Citations — A comprehensive review of each case cited in all briefs through the Shepard’s®️ Citations database and a report on the accuracy of those citations.
  • Quote Check — A summary of all quotes that were identified in the documents and verification of whether the quotes were consistent with the actual language from the court.
  • Jurisdiction — The specific jurisdictions that have been identified and applied by the tool to make its recommendations.

Judicial Brief Analysis delivers a snapshot of these results in one unified report that can be viewed on a single screen, then invites you to drill down into the details for each of the areas so you can review each recommendation to make sure your brief is as strong as possible.

“For busy legal professionals who spend significant time doing research to write briefs, Judicial Brief Analysis instantly delivers critical insights and recommendations that can strengthen their position — or weaken their opponent’s,” said Jeff Pfeifer, chief product officer of LexisNexis North America. “Judicial Brief Analysis enables legal professionals to practice with unprecedented efficiency and confidence. Our use of advanced language parsing technologies ensures a thorough review of all plaintiff and defense arguments.”

Judicial Brief Analysis is the only multi-brief comparison tool available that gives litigators access to patented concept-mapping technology that uses AI to extract legal- and fact-based concepts from briefs; the most comprehensive database of briefs, pleadings, motions and other court documents; secondary content and award-winning legal news content; and a user-friendly dashboard view of all relevant insights and analytics that help you visualize key recommendations to explore. These data-driven insights give you greater confidence in the strength of your legal arguments and saves your team a tremendous amount of time.

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