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fastcase is an online legal research provider. MSBA members have
unlimited access to:
law for federal courts and all 50 states
o 50 states back to 1950 or before
o Minnesota cases back to 1874
o All U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1 U.S.
o All Federal Circuits back to 1 F.2d 1 (1924)
o Opinions of U.S. district, bankruptcy and tax
• Federal and state statutes, regulations, court rules
• Newspaper articles
• Public records
• Federal Filings
• Minnesota State District Court Opinions
• Authority checks and more
Does it cost anything to use fastcase?
No. The use of fastcase’s online legal library
is free to all Minnesota State Bar Association members. There are
a limited number of optional services—newspaper archives for example—that
require a per-use nominal fee.
How can I search fastcase?
fastcase provides three user-friendly search options:
• Boolean (keyword) searches, which allow you to use terms such as
AND, OR, NOT, ( ) and “ ” to find cases germane to a research
Using w/n between two search terms will find cases in which
the two terms appear within “n” words of each other—e.g.,
"statute w/2 limitation."
• Natural Language searches return the best 100 results for your
search, based on the text search you provide.
• Citation searches can also be used if you know the citation of
the case you are looking for.
Can I print and/or save my search results?
Yes. Your case law search results can be saved and printed using Word,
PDF or Rich Text. Dual-column printing is available for each program.
Can I Shepardize or KeyCite cases on
fastcase’s authority check feature displays a list of latter citing
cases as well as the text in which the citation occurs. fastcase does
not offer Shepards or KeyCite directly from fastcase’s website.
However, each case contains a link for Shepards and KeyCite—each
search can be conducted for a nominal fee using a credit card.
How current is the legal research database on
fastcase’s research library is a compilation of licensed data and
data on the Internet. Data is updated directly from the courts, court
websites and published material. fastcase updates its case law databases
between 24 and 48 hours from the date of decision.
Does fastcase provide
fastcase offers e-mail (7 days per week, response within 4 hours)
and live-chat (Monday—Friday, 7 a.m.—7 p.m. CDT) help at www.fastcase.com.
fastcase also provides phone support by calling 1- 866-773-2782
(Monday—Friday, 7 a.m.—7 p.m. CDT).