Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

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Wakelaw15
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Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby Wakelaw15 » Tue May 07, 2013 10:34 pm

I used a westlaw cite and it was marked wrong. I'm wondering is it possible that the cute is wrong (are there bugs in the software)?

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hephaestus
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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby hephaestus » Tue May 07, 2013 10:37 pm

Our westlaw rep explained to us that its not exactly Bluebook for copyright concerns, but its very close. Its close enough that practitioners probably wont notice, but a LRW very well might.

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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby Tom Joad » Tue May 07, 2013 10:38 pm

According to the people that have graded my LRW stuff, it is wrong all the time.

Wakelaw15
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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby Wakelaw15 » Tue May 07, 2013 10:50 pm

How can this be a copyright issue? BLUEBOOK sells a list of rules for formatting, what's wrong with a machine that follows those rules?

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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby ilovesf » Tue May 07, 2013 10:50 pm

Yes

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hephaestus
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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby hephaestus » Tue May 07, 2013 10:53 pm

Wakelaw15 wrote:How can this be a copyright issue? BLUEBOOK sells a list of rules for formatting, what's wrong with a machine that follows those rules?

Perhaps the rep was just making something up, but the takeaway is just use your bluebook.

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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby LS-boundNYC » Tue May 07, 2013 11:03 pm

I saw a lot of errors as a LRW TA this year, and I think a ton were based on simply copying and pasting from Westlaw. Be especially careful of T6 abbreviations and reporter abbreviations (esp. F. Supp.), as those were the most frequent errors I saw.

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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby cinephile » Tue May 07, 2013 11:27 pm

I know Lexis is often wrong, but I use their cites anyway.

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Re: Are westlaw BLUEBOOK cites ever wrong?

Postby sambeber » Tue May 07, 2013 11:38 pm

Happens all the time. Spacing is wrong, abbreviations are wrong, all sorts of stuff is wrong.




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