A headnote on Westlaw looks dramatically different than a headnote in the West Reporters. Below is an example of a headnote as it appears in a West Reporter (North Western Reporter). This headnote is from Bronsen v. Dawes County, 272 Neb. 320, 722 N.W.2d 17 (2006).
The topic is Courts and the key number is 89; however, the same headnote looks dramatically different on Westlaw.
Unfortunately, Westlaw gives too little information in that it provides the topic Courts, but it doesn’t provide a key number. This is the default setting for Westlaw. To change the default setting, scroll to the beginning of the headnotes and click the Change View link. This is how Westlaw displays the headnote:
Westlaw adds a lot of additional information which can lead to confusion.
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