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Does your firm suffer from outrage constraints?

June 25, 2021

Clients howl if invoices rise past a certain level, yet your firm’s services suffer when you hold back in fear of their indignation. In Accounting Today, Benjamin Alarie outlines how to strike the right balance.

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Blue J and Gowling WLG Introduce Innovative Principal Purpose Test Tool

March 9, 2021

Blue J, the leading provider of analytics for tax positions, and Gowling WLG, a leading international law firm, announced a new collaboration that has led to an advanced search tool for worldwide legal resources related to the interpretation of “principal purpose” in domestic legislation and treaties.

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Blue J and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Introduce Innovative Transfer Pricing Search Tool

February 2, 2021

Blue J, the leading provider of analytics for tax positions, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a leader in Canadian business law, announced today an innovative collaboration that has led to an advanced search tool for resources related to international transfer pricing.

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Blue J Announces Collaboration with Felesky Flynn on Advanced 55(2) and 55(3)(a) Guided Analysis Tools

November 19, 2020

Blue J Legal and Felesky Flynn LLP announced today an innovative partnership that has led to dynamic guided analysis tools for subsection 55(2) and paragraph 55(3)(a) of the Income Tax Act ("ITA").

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Emerging Startups 2020: Top Legal Tech

November 12, 2020

Blue J is proud to be featured as one of the Top Legal Tech Startups by Tracxn its Emerging Startups 2020 list. 

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Blue J Launches Free Tools to Help Determine COVID-19 Relief Eligibility

August 20, 2020

Blue J's free COVID-19 tools help individuals and organizations identify the available relief programs and credits for which they may be eligible.

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Meet Canada's future economic stars - MaRS Discovery District

July 23, 2020

Blue J is proud to be part of the newly-launched MaRs Momentum program. The initiative will support Canadian ventures with the aim of accelerating each toward $100 million in revenues within 5 years.

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Fisher Phillips Joins Forces with Blue J Legal to Bring Artificial Intelligence Initiative to the United States

July 13, 2020

Innovative Partnership Applies Cutting-Edge Predictive Technology to Employment Litigation.

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The Expanding Role of AI in Tax 

May 13, 2020

Watch Benjamin Alarie, co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal, discuss the expanding role of artificial intelligence in tax with contributing editor at Tax Notes Federal Benjamin Willis.

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CIBC Innovation Banking Provides Blue J Legal with $2 Million Growth Financing

April 14, 2020

CIBC Innovation Banking is pleased to announce a $2 million growth capital financing for Toronto-based Blue J Legal (“Blue J”), a machine learning and AI-powered predictive legal software platform that specializes in North American tax law and Canadian employment law.

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UC Irvine School of Law To Integrate Blue J Legal's AI-Enabled Tax Platform into Curriculum

February 24, 2020

First of its kind initiative aims to prepare graduate students for careers in tax law where AI will be integral to the decision-making process

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Federal justice department testing artificial intelligence to predict results in public service labour and employment cases

February 4, 2020

The federal justice department is applying Blue J Legal’s AI platform to conduct research for and forecast the outcomes of labour and employment cases within the public service. The pilot project is Ottawa’s second application of the Toronto-based startup’s software, following a successful test of its tax law tools.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Boost Compliance

January 17, 2020

“It’s not just about speeding up [analysis] that would otherwise happen,” says Benjamin Alarie, co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal and Osler Chair of Business Law at the University of Toronto. “It’s about making [widely] available a really good prediction that would otherwise be the domain of an experienced [lawyer].”

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AI Will Transform The Field Of Law

December 19, 2019

"We are already starting to see significant advantages being gleaned by sophisticated parties leveraging machine learning legal prediction technologies," said Blue J Legal CEO Benjamin Alarie. "In the next ten years, these algorithmic technologies will become the natural starting point for legal advice."

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Why Law Firms and Their Clients Will Be the Big Legal Tech Winners

December 18, 2019

Today’s lawyers don’t need to fear being replaced—at least not by robots. They should, however, fear being outpaced (and eventually replaced) by peers who have effectively harnessed and deployed AI-powered legal tech.

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AI in Tax Law

November 29, 2019

"Artificial intelligence adds a dimension to your thinking," says Chodikoff. "The analysis identifies insights that you might not have thought of and may lead you to a case that adds to your approach to a particular issue. That’s invaluable — you can’t put a price on that."

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Blue J Legal Announces Collaboration with Moodys Tax on Advanced TOSI Navigator

November 12, 2019

Blue J Legal announced today its partnership with Moodys Tax, an integrated tax law/advisory, planning, and accounting firm, to develop a dynamic Tax on Split Income (TOSI) navigator, housed on Blue J Legal's Canadian Tax Foresight platform. This strategic collaboration marks a first-of-its-kind solution.

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AI Coming For Tax Planners - The Horror

October 24, 2019

The robots are coming for the tax planners, but from what I can see, we will probably last longer than the truck drivers. This is my tentative conclusion from poking around with Blue J Legal’s Tax Foresight.

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Smoke yet to clear on marijuana and the workplace

October 17, 2019

One of the issues employers are still grappling with is drug testing for marijuana - even though the legal test to determine when and in what circumstances drug testing is reasonable remains the same, says Bettina Xue Griffin, legal associate at Blue J Legal.

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Between fear and hype

September 18, 2019

Automation will shake up jobs the legal sector. It’s also a golden opportunity for firms to update the skills of their legal professionals.

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Taxman Cometh for Apple? European Battle Part of Broader Clampdown on Tech Taxes

September 18, 2019

"Ultimately, it's going to come down to some extent to geopolitics -- the amount of tax isn't going to make a dent with these tech players," [Blue J Legal CEO Benjamin Alarie] said.

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Keep Judges and Lawyers Out of Legal Predictions, Tech CEO Says

September 5, 2019

“The legal system is supposed to operate the same for everybody regardless of the judge you get or the lawyer working on your case,” [Blue J Legal CEO] Alarie said in an interview.

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France prohibits case analysis using deep learning

July 5, 2019

"Suppressing the analysis of decisions by judges
raises issues surrounding freedom of speech, freedom of thought and freedom of math." Benjamin Alarie, Blue J Legal CEO.
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Robo-doctors? How AI could do jobs we once thought couldn't be automated

January 4, 2019

"A renaissance in artificial intelligence research has been driven by reimagining obstacles as 'prediction problems,' according to a professor and author." Benjamin Alarie, CEO of Blue J Legal, interviewed for CBC's The Current.

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Blue J Legal Raises US$7MM in Series A Funding

November 29, 2018

"Blue J Legal, a Toronto, Canada-based machine learning and artificial intelligence legal service, raised US$7m in a Series A financing."

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Blue J Legal raises $9.3 mln in Series A led by Relay Ventures

November 29, 2018

"Blue J Legal, a Toronto-based software platform focused on the legal industry, has secured about $9.3 million (US$7 million) in a Series A financing."

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Blue J Legal Raises $9.3 Million CAD to Expand Legal Platform to The US

November 29, 2018

"Toronto-based Blue J Legal has raised $9.3 million CAD in a series A round. The round was led by Relay Ventures, with participation from US-based LDV Partners, and returning investors BDC Capital and Mistral Venture Partners."

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Litigation gone digital: Ottawa experiments with artificial intelligence in tax cases

September 13, 2018

"The Justice Department has quietly launched an artificial intelligence experiment as the Trudeau government prepares to use such sophisticated software to help make decisions in cases involving immigration, pension benefits and taxes."

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Toronto startup Blue J Legal Uses Artificial Intelligence to Help Predict How Courts will Rule on Employment Law Cases

June 5, 2018

"Does one successful startup lead to another? That’s definitely the case for Ben Alarie and his co-founders at Blue J Legal, the Toronto start-up which experienced success with the 2015 launch of Tax Foresight, a system that uses machine learning algorithms to predict the likely outcomes of tax law cases. Now they’ve applied that same winning formula to employment law."

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How machine learning can help you predict court decisions

April 16, 2018

"Machine learning is now able to analyze court decisions and predict how judges may respond in certain situations, based on an analysis of existing caselaw."

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Torontonians who are shaking up the tech sector

April 4, 2018

Benjamin Alarie co-founded Blue J Legal, which makes AI tools that run legal simulations to predict court decisions

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The Ontario AI start-up helping to transform the legal sector

March 14, 2018

"'As law professors, we co-founders have always studied judicial decisions using quantitative methods,' says Benjamin Alarie, Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto and co-founder of Blue J Legal. "So I think we were primed for using machine learning and new algorithms to analyze judicial decision making." Adding that he believes within five years it will be taken for granted that law firms will be using computational tools to get an initial take on a client situation or a legal research problem."

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How artificial intelligence can help navigate employee cannabis use legal issues

February 12, 2018

"With the impending legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada and the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, times are changing for Canadians. Different as they may seem, these developments have something surprising in common: Artificial intelligence is being used by employers and employment lawyers to navigate the challenging question of what constitutes legally justified testing for employee cannabis use."

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Blue J Legal: Predicting litigation outcomes through machine learning

November 27, 2017

"Toronto startup Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

Mark Le Blanc, general counsel at educational public broadcaster TVO, says the software “doesn’t give you the answer, but if you can frame the question clearly, what they can do is really limit the risk — they’re risk tools. That’s the most valuable thing for me as a GC.”

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Artificial intelligence solution for human resources: Interview

November 24, 2017

"Compliance with legal requirements is critical, and non-compliance can be costly. For many organizations, solving these challenges cost-effectively and efficiently is itself a challenge. This is where software that helps to identify what might be needed to address a particular employment law issue is valuable."

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Blue J Legal launches AI tool for employment law issues

November 22, 2017

"Toronto startup Blue J Legal has launched new artificial intelligence software to help predict how courts would resolve employment law issues.

Mark Le Blanc, general counsel at educational public broadcaster TVO, says the software “doesn’t give you the answer, but if you can frame the question clearly, what they can do is really limit the risk — they’re risk tools. That’s the most valuable thing for me as a GC.”

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Blue J Legal Combines Law and AI with Employment Foresight

November 21, 2017

"Canadian companies lay off an estimated 800,000 employees every year, and organizations grapple with employment law at every step along the way, especially if they are unable to afford in-house lawyers or consultation. Employment Foresight collects and analyzes the facts and findings from thousands of cases to predict how a court may rule in new circumstances."

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Top 20 Legal IT Innovation 2017: what is driving systemic change in the legal industry?

November 8, 2017

"If there is one word that sums up a central obsession in today’s legal word it is innovation. Law firms and their clients are both continually seeking innovation and being innovated for. It is time to ask, ‘what does innovation actually mean?’ Fear not, we aren’t looking to bore you with the etymology of the word and how it has evolved over time, but rather to examine what it means in practice."

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10 Litigation Support Services to watch in 2018

November 6, 2017

"Litigation is a complex practice of law, with many sub-niches requiring specialization in a particular field. However, one thing that brings all litigators together, regardless of their practice areas, is the adversary process. On this list, you’ll find ten companies supporting litigators both in and out of the courtroom, as well as helping in-house legal departments make more informed choices about who will represent them in court. From crowdfunding litigation expenses to managing IP dockets, it’s all here. Keep an eye on these ten companies that are sure to continue to make waves in 2018."

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Artificial intelligence takes the drudgery out of legal work

October 30, 2017

"For years, budding airplane pilots and race-car drivers have been able to strap themselves into virtual simulators to test their respective skills and odds of real-world success. But what about lawyers?"

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Law school 2.0: What the next generation of lawyers needs to know

October 16, 2017

"Many graduates will find themselves starting their own law firm, alone or in association with a few colleagues. Others will seek to use their technology skills to develop outstanding legal tools such as Blue J Legal, ROSS and Kira Systems that are changing how lawyers practise."

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Legal services start-ups target lawyers' paperwork

August 28, 2017

"Blue J Legal and Thomson Reuters recently launched a machine-learning algorithm called Tax Foresight that searches for patterns in case law in Canada to find what elements influence judges’ rulings in tax disputes. “Let’s say the user has a legal question — maybe they are in dispute with the tax authorities — where the law is ambiguous,” said Benjamin Alarie, founder of Blue J Legal and a professor of law at the University of Toronto."

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Tech competence a must

September 1, 2017

"For many lawyers, the problem of adoption stems from a culture that nurtures the image of the “ ingenious lawyer who triumphs by intellect rather than by procedural discipline” To overcome this image, lawyers need to understand that there is still room for unique judgment, analysis and creativity when using technological systems. In fact, using technology for many of the more rote aspects of a file can free lawyers up to apply these higher-level skills to any issue."

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It's the age of anxAIety

July 1, 2017

"Artificial intelligence, until recently, could not perform jobs that required human judgment and creativity. Not so today. Is any profession safe from the encroachment of AI?"

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Artificial intelligence takes on white-collar duties

June 5, 2017

"Maybe it’s unfair that some people think tax lawyers have the personality of a robot, but Benjamin Alarie considers that to be a plus. A Yale-trained lawyer himself, Mr. Alarie’s Toronto firm, Blue J Legal, harnesses artificial (or augmented) intelligence (AI) to help lawyers and their clients work their way through the complications of tax law."

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Automation entering white collar work

March 1, 2017

"Jobs you may have thought safe from automation, like mortgage brokers or paralegals, may soon be replaced by intelligent software."

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This Toronto startup uses A.I. to help lawyers predict trial outcomes

February 7, 2017

"By using machine learning to rapidly analyze case documents, Blue J Legal’s software helps lawyers spot problems before their day in court."

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August 24, 2015

"The minds, the inspiration, and what's next from the innovation zone."

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