I have said before and I continue to believe that for a legal research company to compete against the longstanding dominance of Westlaw and LexisNexis, having secondary content such as treatises and practice guides is the Holy Grail.

Fastcase clearly sees it the same way. It has steadily been building its libraries of secondary content, acquiring Loislaw in 2015, bringing on former LexisNexis VP Steve Errick to develop new editorial products, adding blog posts and commentary from the LexBlog network, launching a legal publishing arm in November, and, just two weeks ago, debuting its first law journal, RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.

Today, Fastcase is announcing another step in that direction. Through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., it will offer an extensive collection of WK’s expert treatises, handbooks and other secondary sources.

The collection includes 129 titles covering areas of law such as bankruptcy, business, construction, elder law, employment, estate planning, family, litigation, health, insurance, pension and benefits, personal injury and real estate.

“This partnership intentionally closes the gap between Fastcase and the incumbents in the legal publishing market,” Fastcase CEO Ed Walters said. “There are vanishingly few advantages that the old players have left. With the analytics of Docket Alarm, secondary treatises from Wolters Kluwer, legal news from LexBlog, and our innovative research platform and mobile apps, Fastcase is a complete solution for legal researchers.”

But for Fastcase subscribers, there are two limitations. One is that the titles will be available only by purchase. So, if a subscriber wants, for example, Bankruptcy Litigation and Practice, the subscriber will have to purchase it for an annual price of $510. (A complete list of titles and prices is below.)

Second, Fastcase’s licensing agreement with WK permits it to sell these titles only to subscribers in firms of 1-9 lawyers. Subscribers at larger firms will be able to purchase these only through WK.

Fastcase users will see the new titles in the library immediately as of today. Those in firms of fewer than 10 lawyers will be able to subscribe to and use the materials from directly within the Fastcase application.

The agreement to provide the Wolters Kluwer content extends a partnership that began when Fastcase purchased legal research provider Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer in 2015, but this agreement includes titles that were not available for sale in Loislaw.

For WK, the licensing agreement provides an effective distribution channel for it to reach a wider audience in the small firm segment, said Dean Sonderegger, vice president and general manager of Legal Markets, Innovation at WK. “As a rising innovator in the space, Fastcase was the clear choice and we’re pleased that our titles and expert authors will receive even greater exposure and reach more professionals.”

Below is the full list of titles that will be available and their prices.

Subject Title Annual Price
Bankruptcy Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice, 2nd Edition $416
Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Litigation and Practice, 4th Edition $510
Bankruptcy Bankruptcy Litigation Manual $653
Bankruptcy Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy, 5th Edition $863
Bankruptcy Ordin on Contesting Confirmation, 5th Edition $472
Bankruptcy Strategies for Creditors in Bankruptcy Proceedings, 6th Edition $267
Bankruptcy Tax Planning for Troubled Corporations $536
Business Practice S Corporation Taxation Guide $429
Business Torts Business Torts Reporter $829
Business Torts Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide $363
Business Torts Civil RICO Practice Manual, 3rd Edition $423
Construction Law Alternative Clauses to Standard Construction Contracts, 3rd Edition $261
Construction Law Construction Disputes: Practice Guide with Forms, 2nd Edition $334
Construction Law Construction Law Handbook, 2nd Edition $210
Construction Law Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law, 3rd Edition $544
Consumer Finance Structuring Commercial Real Estate Workouts, 2nd Edition $932
Drunk Driving Defense Drunk Driving Defense, 7th Edition $426
Elder Law Elder Law Answer Book, 3rd Edition $209
Elder Law Loring & Rounds: A Trustee’s Handbook $423
Elder Law Representing the Elderly Client Law & Practice $666
Elder Law Social Security & Medicare Answer Book, 5th Edition $497
Elder Law Special Needs Trust Handbook $478
Elder Law The Elder Law Forms Manual $652
Elder Law The Elder Law Portfolio Series $1,016
Elder Law The Elder Law Report $422
Employment Discrimination Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook, 4th Edition $953
Employment Discrimination Civil Rights in the Workplace, 3rd Edition $456
Employment Discrimination Employment Discrimination Law & Practice, 4th Edition $724
Employment Discrimination Representing Plaintiffs in Title VII Actions, 4th Edition $671
Employment Discrimination Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Law and Practice, 4th Edition $680
Employment Law AIDS and the Law $456
Employment Law Covenants Not to Compete, 3rd Edition $571
Employment Law Employee Dismissal Law & Practice, 5th Edition $576
Employment Law Employment Law Answer Book, 8th Edition $505
Employment Law Employment Law Update $519
Employment Law Employment Relationships: Law & Practice $446
Employment Law Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Guide $490
Employment Law Labor & Employment Law Handbook $395
Employment Law Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Deskbook $489
Employment Law State by State Guide to Human Resources Law $485
Estate Planning Estate & Gift Tax Handbook $435
Estate Planning Estate & Retirement Planning Answer Book $399
Estate Planning Internal Revenue Code $301
Estate Planning Multistate Guide to Estate Planning $490
Estate Planning Practical Guide to Estate Planning $338
Estate Planning Price on Contemporary Estate Planning $579
Evidence Destruction of Evidence $455
Evidence Evidence: Practice Under the Rules, 4th Edition $416
Family Law American Journal of Family Law $453
Family Law Child Support Guidelines: Interpretation & Application, 2nd Edition $556
Family Law Drafting Prenuptial Agreements $793
Family Law Family Law Update $681
Family Law Psychological Experts in Divorce Actions, 6th Edition $388
Family Law Qualified Domestic Relations Order Handbook, 3rd Edition $511
Family Law Valuation Strategies in Divorce, 5th Edition $382
Family Law Value of Pensions in Divorce,  5th Edition $499
Family Law Valuing Specific Assets in Divorce $355
General Litigation Discovery Practice, 6th Edition $406
General Litigation Electronic Discovery, 2nd Edition $371
General Litigation Expert Witness Update $275
General Litigation Judgment Enforcement, 3rd Edition $423
General Litigation Jury Selection, 4th Edition $384
General Litigation Motion Practice, 6th Edition $508
Health Law & Compliance Clinical Research Compliance Manual $581
Health Law & Compliance Consent to Treatment $593
Health Law & Compliance Emergency Department Compliance Manual $421
Health Law & Compliance Health Care Organizations Risk Management $452
Health Law & Compliance Health Law & Compliance Update $370
Health Law & Compliance HIPAA Compliance Handbook $367
Health Law & Compliance HIPAA: A Guide to Health Care Privacy and Security Law $782
Health Law & Compliance Hospital Legal Forms, Checklists and Guidelines $1,226
Health Law & Compliance Medical Group Practice $603
Health Law & Compliance Medical Staff Management $543
Insurance CGL Policy Handbook, 2nd Edition $365
Insurance Insurance Coverage Litigation, 2nd Edition $410
Insurance Policyholder’s Guide to the Law of Insurance Coverage $448
Insurance Practitioner’s Guide to Litigating Insurance Coverage Actions, 2nd Ed $643
Law Practice Resources Lawyer’s Desk Book $409
Law Practice Resources The Lawyer’s Almanac $540
Limited Liability Federal & State Taxation of Limited Liability Companies $499
Payroll California Payroll Guide $596
Payroll Complete Guide to Federal & State Garnishment $694
Payroll Multistate Payroll Guide $539
Payroll Payroll Answer Book $560
Payroll Wage and Hour Answer Book $576
Payroll Wage Hour Compliance Handbook $539
Pension & Benefits 401(k) Answer Book $499
Pension & Benefits 5500 Preparer’s Manual $499
Pension & Benefits Cash Balance Plan Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits COBRA Handbook $505
Pension & Benefits Coverage & Nondiscrimination Answer Book $506
Pension & Benefits Defined Benefit Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Dividing Pensions in Divorce $511
Pension & Benefits Employee Benefits Answer Book $487
Pension & Benefits Employee Benefits in Mergers & Acquisitions $487
Pension & Benefits Employee Stock Ownership Plan Answer Book $513
Pension & Benefits ERISA Fiduciary Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits ERISA Law Answer Book $487
Pension & Benefits ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide $506
Pension & Benefits Executive Compensation Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Governmental Plans Answer Book $491
Pension & Benefits Handbook on ERISA Litigation $511
Pension & Benefits Health Insurance Answer Book $519
Pension & Benefits Health Savings Account Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Individual Retirement Account Answer Book $511
Pension & Benefits Mandated Benefits Compliance Guide $511
Pension & Benefits Medicare Handbook $511
Pension & Benefits Multistate Guide to Benefits Law $497
Pension & Benefits Pension Distribution Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Plan Correction Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Plan Termination Answer Book $511
Pension & Benefits Qualified Domestic Relations Order Answer Book $497
Pension & Benefits Quick Reference to ERISA Compliance $511
Pension & Benefits Quick Reference to HIPAA Compliance $510
Pension & Benefits Roth IRA Answer Book $511
Pension & Benefits SIMPLE, SEP and SARSEP Answer Book $511
Pension & Benefits State by State Guide to Managed Care Law $534
Personal Injury Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium $445
Personal Injury Understanding the AMA Guides in Workers’ Compensation, 5th Edition $534
Product Liability Product Liability Case Digest $405
Product Liability Product Liability Desk Reference a Fifty-State Compendium $391
Product Liability The Preparation of a Product Liability Case, 3rd Edition $381
Real Estate Commercial Real Estate Leases, 5th Edition $365
Real Estate Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook, 4th Edition $330
Real Estate Environmental Liability & Real Property Transactions: Law & Practice, 2nd Edition $1,288
Real Estate Law of Real Estate Brokers, 3rd Edition $324
Real Estate Law of Title Insurance, 3rd Edition $336
Real Estate State-By-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases, 5th Edition $891
Remedies Proving and Defending Damage Claims: A Fifty-State Guide $380

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.