ALM and Lexis-Nexis Split – ALM Goes to Westlaw

LexisNexis and American Lawyer Media Part Ways

This week notices went out that American Lawyer Media publications would no longer be available via LexisNexis.

The notice offers no explanation for the discontinuation of ALM databases. Rather, it asserts that the lack of availability through LexisNexis “does not, in any way, alter LexisNexis’ value for customers or our overall market position.”

But there is no word of this on Lexis’ Press Release page. And the logic of why becomes apparent with a new announcement out of EaganAlso on the ALM page:

New ALM/West Strategic Partnership Brings ALM Content Exclusively to Westlaw
NEW YORK and EAGAN, Minn., May 1, 2006 – A new strategic content-sharing agreement between West, a Thomson business, and ALM, the nation’s leading legal journalism and information company, will bring content from ALM’s award-winning publications, newsletters and litigation resources exclusively to Westlaw. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Beginning on May 1, Westlaw will become the exclusive third-party provider of ALM content to the legal market, including ALM legal news, ALM industry rankings and surveys, jury verdicts and settlements, and trial court opinions – key content that practitioners, and litigators in particular, rely upon to craft winning strategies for their clients, and that senior law firm management utilizes to benchmark competitive performance. Westlaw will be the sole third-party legal market source for the annual Am Law ® 100 rankings, including the 2006 survey, published today. Complete ALM content will continue to be available through ALM’s Law.com, national, regional, research and e-commerce Web sites.

Specific material from ALM to be offered exclusively on Westlaw includes the full content of ALM magazines, state and national newspapers, including The American Lawyer®, The National Law Journal®, Corporate Counsel®, New York Law Journal® and Legal Times®, as well as all newsletters, jury verdict and expert witness databases, books and case collections, ALM directories, and settlement data and publications. Timely updates to ALM content – including daily updates of key publications – will give attorneys and researchers up-to-the-minute access to practice-critical information.

Peter Warwick, West president and chief executive officer, said the partnership brings together two of the most trusted businesses in the legal marketplace. “This agreement is rooted in a shared commitment to supporting the practice of law and law firm management,” he said. “Legal professionals look to West and ALM for the products, services and expertise in the legal field to help them succeed. Together, we’ll bring even more powerful offerings to support that success.”

“This important two-way content-sharing will create new opportunities for both companies to both broaden and deepen the services we provide to the legal market,” added William Pollak, ALM president and chief executive officer. “Westlaw users will benefit from expanded access to ALM news and information, while we expect to leverage content from West to add significant value to ALM’s current and future offerings to our customers.”

You can check on ALM’s list of publications here – it isn’t clear yet whether the Lexis content is being moved wholesale over to Westlaw, or whether there will be enhancements and additions. The law.com portal will remain unchanged.

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