Case law documents the decisions of legal cases.
When there is any action or decision on a case (i.e. ruling on a motion or petition in front of the court) there will be a separate record for that decision in Nexis Uni.
Cases that have not been decided, including those that were settled out of court, will not have a record in the Case Law section of Nexis Uni.
Try the News section to find information about lawsuits settled out of court.
Note: Party name searches can lead to confusing results, with multiple entries for appeals, motions, etc. Follow the subsequent and prior history to determine the final outcome of a case.
When entering citations be careful with spacing and punctuation. See their Legal Citations page for examples.
On the results screen, use the narrow options on the left to limit by timeline, court jurisdiction, attorneys, judges, etc.
Shepard’s Citations help you find all references to a citation (including prior history, subsequent history and all citing references used to decide other cases).
Scholars and lawyers use Shepard's to validate case law and statutes in support of an argument or find additional relevant authorities. Shepard’s also allows you to see the impact of citing cases as well as legislative changes.
To get the Shepard's information:
Shepard's will alert you to subsequent history that affects the analysis of the case.
It also includes icons that tell you if the overall analysis of the case is positive, negative, cautionary, or neutral. See link to help file below.
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