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KeyCite Overruling Risk

Feel confident you are relying on valid law

Be aware with KeyCite Overruling Risk

Trust you are citing good law with the only citator that warns when a point of law in a case has been implicitly undermined based on its reliance on an overruled or otherwise invalid prior decision.

  • Leverage AI to identify bad law with no direct citations
  • Avoid manually reviewing cases for overruled points of law
  • Easily get information on the overruling and overruled cases

What is implicitly invalidated case law?

Traditional citators identify when a case has been explicitly invalidated by a subsequent ruling. However, they don’t warn when similar cases may have also been implicitly overruled or abrogated by subsequent new developments in the law.

KeyCite Overruling Risk, available exclusively on Westlaw Edge, leverages artificial intelligence to mark cases with an orange warning icon that have no direct citations pointing to their invalidity.


See how it works

The orange warning icon will appear directly within your search results so you can quickly identify cases that may no longer be good law.

Like other KeyCite flags, the orange warning icon appears at the top of the impacted case. You can also quickly locate the points of law within the case that are most at risk of being affected by indirect negative treatment.

All overruling risks for a case are outlined on the Negative Treatment tab. From here you can click into the overruled or abrogated case to review what impact, if any, the negative treatment would have on your research issue.

KeyCite warnings on Westlaw Edge

KeyCite warnings, including the Overruling Risk icon, will appear throughout your research so you can see at a glance the status of a document. The most negative treatment is displayed next to the flag or Overruling Risk icon, making it simple to determine whether further investigation is needed.

Red flag

Yellow flag

Blue striped flag

Overruling risk icon

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