Great conversation today with Carla Rydholm and Ron Porter at Lex Machina, comparing notes on identifying Covid Coverage Litigation cases. Carla is head of product, and Ron is the lawyer behind their new business interruption and Covid 19 case tags. Excellent opportunity to peek under the hood at Lex Machina (more rules-based algorithms and less machine learning than I thought). And further demonstration of their commitment to building a great database, not just delivering documents. (I still can’t understand why Bloomberg Law charges the first person who asks for a document and then gives it away to any subsequent subscriber. The first person who requests the document is the one who’s doing the hard work of deciding that the document matters!) Plus, it’s nice to talk to people who appreciate how much effort, and how much judgment, goes into creating a bespoke database.