By Kevin O'Keefe

Lawyer stops publishing his blog after threat from LexisNexis

LexisNexis blogsNever saw LexisNexis as a company that would include in its mission to serve the American lawyer or the public which lawyers in turn serve.

The latest evidence is LexisNexis’s threat to Baltimore e-discovery lawyer, W. Lawrence Wescott II. A threat that resulted in Wescott shuttering his well respected and award winning Electronic Discovery Blog (.png as blog as been taken offline).

As reported by Robert Ambrogi this week:

Until [May 26], the URL led to a blog on e-discovery law written by lawyer W. Lawrence Wescott II. Today, that blog is gone. Wescott took it down after a lawyer from LexisNexis threatened legal action over a claimed unauthorized use of LexisNexis cases. The blog was among the ABA Journal Blawg 100 honorees in 2007.

Per Wescott, in a blog post titled simply, ‘Farewell:’

Lexis has informed me that I do not have permission to use their cases on this blog. I went back and looked at my original agreement, and it was in fact only for a year. It’s been three years since I started this blog, and it has been a good run. Therefore, I am shutting down the blog.

Per Ambrogi, when Wescott started the blog, Wescott contacted LexisNexis and was given written permission to post up to 1,000 cases for a year. From the Web Archive of Wescott’s blog, it appears that permission was granted in LexisNexis in 2007.

Maybe it was the year running from 2007 that expired? Maybe it was threats from companies focused on serving lawyers and the public, which companies are making our law more accessible (reasonable cost or free) than LexisNexis does that made for the change of heart on LexisNexis’ part?

Maybe LexisNexis will explain in a comment here?

Kevin O'Keefe
About the Author

Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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