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Parallel Case Law Citations

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You may have noticed parallel citations showing as you view case law in HeinOnline. Since cases or judicial opinions can be published by more than one publisher, the case name may be followed by one or more parallel citations. The official reporter is provided by the publisher with which the court has contracted to publish the reports; any other citation is called unofficial. It is acceptable to cite either the official or unofficial versions as the text of the opinions will be the same. The unofficial may contain additional editorial features which differ from the official. Fastcase relies on the use of official and unofficial publications in order to provide the full text and provides parallel citations where available.

Following is an example of a parallel citation. The official citation is 99 A.D.3d 1 however the case can also be cited as 948 N.Y.S.2d 929, which is the unofficial citation of the same case.

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