In a change announced last week, Google is making it a little easier to do legal research. The change will make it easier to find cases citing the case you are reading. Previously, a Google Scholar search would show citations to the case you were viewing. The citing cases were sorted by “prominence” regardless of the discussion. This meant that a more prominent case that used your case in a string citation came before a less prominent case that had two pages of discussion. Now Scholar will “indicate the extent of discussion visually and indicate opinions that discuss the cited case at length, that discuss it moderately and those that discuss it briefly.”

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