Will Wikipedia Wither Traditional Legal Citation?

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Wikipedia is a popular source of information, in part because search engines prioritize the wiki in search results, says Gardere Wynne partner Peter Vogel. When will it become acceptable legal citation?

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  • Kevin N. Anderson

    The Utah Court of Appeals cited to Wikipedia to determine whether an exclusion in an insurance contract is ambiguous.

    http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/appopin/fire_insurance081612.pdf

  • John Waid

    I am far from an expert, but Wikipedia's llimitations are well known. It's reputation for accuracy is not the best, articles can be easily changed, and verification is lacking. Personally, I cannot imagine Wikipedia could be cited for anything other than basic information (information that can be judicially noticed because it's common knowledge) until those prolems can be corrected.

  • Lulaine

    Great article, love the originality of the subject and the tough and pertinent questions brought to the table.

  • Erik Werfel

    Thanks for this interesting piece. it should be noted that generally speaking, Wikipedia entries can be edited by anyone, either anonymously or using a pseudonym, which means that an entry might be modified by someone with an interest in a matter. This ability to edit the information is probably good reason to require corroboration.

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