Exclusive Reason for Shepard’s Signal™
Determine at a glance whether to take a closer look at an on-point case. The Reason for Shepard’s Signal feature shows you the citing passage that had the strongest influence on the Shepard’s signal indicator. See how it works.
Extensive 29-step Process and Expert Editorial Analysis
Unlike our competitors’ recently developed citators—which largely depend on computer algorithms—Shepard’s attorney-editors recognize implications and case subtleties algorithms simply can’t. Our attorney-editors follow a strict 29-step editorial process and rigorous quality controls.
Full Spectrum of Legal Analysis
A single case rarely results in a single outcome, and quite often, a court will follow one point of law in a case but criticize another. Only Shepard’s Citations Service provides both positive and negative treatments* so you can uncover potential splits of authority and additional support you might miss otherwise.
Deeper Coverage of Case Law
As of June 2016, comparisons show that LexisNexis® has more case opinions online than our biggest competitors. Fewer cases online creates the potential for incomplete analysis, since a citator can only surface citing cases from decisions in its research system.
More Nuanced “Cautionary” Analysis
Shepard’s editors can spot critical discussions even when no obvious negative phrases are used by the court—vital analyses for common “yellow signal” treatments like “criticized by” and “distinguished by.”
Unique Graphical Tools
Reveal what a list of citing references can’t. Exclusive Shepard’s Graphical options, including citing and appellate decisions in the grid view and a complete appellate history in the map view, show citing trends across courts and time periods.
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*Based on comparisons current as of October 2016