Understanding Negative Treatment with Casecheck+


You know that with Casecheck+ the green thumbs up icon means the case you are viewing is good law. What about the red thumbs down icon? What else can Casecheck+ tell me?

When you click on the case with a red thumbs down you will see a case listed that generated the negative treatment as well as an indication of the type of negative treatment–but what does that term mean? Lets go over the list:

  • Criticized
    This keyword is used between two same state appellate courts or between two different circuit courts, when one is not agreeing with the conclusion of the other
  • Granted
    The citing case grants further appeal in the cited case.
  • Modified
    The higher court modifies or brings certain changes in the lower court’s decision or the lower court brings certain changes in its prior opinion. However, that may affect change in judgment or not.
  • Overruled
    The citing case explicitly overrules or disapproves the cited case.
  • Overruled in part
    The citing case explicitly overrules or disapproves some portion of the cited case.
  • Questioned
    The citing case determines that the cited case lacks continuing validity and thus can no longer be relied upon.
  • Reversed
    The higher court overturns the judgment of the lower court based on legal issues.
  • Superseded
    When a statute has overwhelming authority over the court’s decision.
  • Vacated
    When a higher court renders the lower court’s judgment null and void.
  • Withdrawn
    When a court finds its earlier opinion or its lower court’s opinion unresponsive.

You can also find other cases that cited your case by clicking on the citing references tab. This is simply a list of cases which cited the case, there is no treatment applied to this list. The Negative Treatment tab will list of the cases which cited this case negatively.

Casecheck+ tells you instantly if the case you are viewing has been treated negatively in subsequent cases. You may already have Casecheck+ as part of your Casemaker package. If you are not sure or want to learn more – contact support toll free at 877.659.0801 or email us at support@casemakerlegal.com

NEWS: CosmoLex Partners with Casemaker

CosmoLex Announces Exclusive Technology Partnership With Casemaker

Casemaker integration increases the ease in which attorneys track time spent on legal research.

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – February 4th, 2016 – CosmoLex, a leading cloud-based, law practice management software provider, has announced an exclusive integration with the industry leader in legal research, Casemaker.

Casemaker becomes the latest legal technology to integrate with the CosmoLex practice management system.

“Back in October we made our intentions clear, that we were looking to create a legal technology ecosystem that allowed integration with some of the most valuable legal technologies lawyers use.” said Rick Kabra, CEO of CosmoLex. “Becoming an exclusive integration partner with Casemaker is another step in that direction, and is a big win for both CosmoLex and Casemaker users.”

With partnerships across more than 25 Bar Associations and 250,000 users, Casemaker provides legal research to attorneys across the United States.

The exclusive partnership will allow for attorneys to easily and accurately keep time spent while researching different matters for clients. Time spent on research in Casemaker’s libraries can now be posted to specific matters for future billing without leaving Casemaker. Likewise, CosmoLex users can now perform legal research all within CosmoLex.

“Legal research is an extremely important aspect of any attorney’s job. Unfortunately, in the past our clients have experienced difficulty in accurately billing clients appropriately for the time spent researching specific matters.” said Dave Harriman, CEO of Casemaker. “By entering into this exclusive technology partnership with CosmoLex we have ensured that our users will be able to easily keep track of the time they spend on research and accurately bill their clients.”

About CosmoLex

CosmoLex®, the leader in legal practice management software that includes all the tools needed to efficiently manage a law firm under one login. With clients in 47 states CosmoLex allows firms to handle legal billing, law firm accounting, and legal practice management in one seamless service delivered via the cloud. CosmoLex saves firms time and money while keeping compliance top of mind. Read more about CosmoLex at www.cosmolex.com. For ongoing news, please go to www.cosmolex.com/about/news-events.

About Casemaker

Casemaker®, the leader in legal research, has been committed to providing attorneys a quality low-cost solution to legal research since 1999. With the finest editorial team and state-of-the-art technology to increase speed and search functionality, Casemaker has established partnerships with over 25 Bar Associations and serves more than 250,000 users. Casemaker offers an extremely intuitive search engine, accurate citation services, and brand new organizational features that make research fast and easy. Read more about Casemaker at www.casemakerlegal.com

Getting close to the ending – Proximity and Suffix searches.

It’s been a long day. You have been going non-stop and now all you want is to do a quick search and find some cases about drilling a well without a permit. Your search Texas case law for drill well “without a permit” is close but it’s skipping some cases you know that are there – cases with the words drilled and drilling.  You really don’t want to spend all night doing this search over and over with each possible word!

Using the asterisk * or suffix search

Using the asterisk tells the Casemaker system to find documents which have the characters before the asterisk but any ending. So drill* will pull up documents with driller, drilling, drilled and so on.

Lets try that search again. This time you enter drill* well “without a permit” and you get a lot more of what you are looking for! However while some of these documents mention drill and well, in some of the cases drill is several paragraphs away from well. This isn’t what you wanted! How can you get cases where those words are closer to each other?

Using w/ also known as the proximity search.

When using Casemaker w/ means “within” so w/5 would mean within five words. In the case of our search five words feels about right to clean up these results.  So we enter drill* w/5 well “without a permit”
Doing this you find a much cleaner list of results and with that you can save your search by clicking on the blue save search link near the search button and you can return to this tomorrow morning – after a nice long night’s sleep!