|West Group and Factiva have announced an expanded alliance that will
result in enhanced access to global news and business information from
Factiva for customers of Westlaw, West's legal research service. West has
also announced that it has acquired the assets of legal publisher The Harrison
According to the announcement, the new alliance, which builds upon an
earlier agreement, confirms Westlaw as the only online legal research service
to carry Factiva content, which includes Dow Jones and Reuters news wires
and The Wall Street Journal. These, and more than 6,000 other Factiva
sources, are currently available on Westlaw through Dow Jones Interactive.
"Westlaw and Factiva share a passion for empowering their customers
to succeed through access to the very best in professional information
resources," said West Group president Mike Wilens. "West's tradition of
excellence in legal research, coupled with Factiva's heritage of timely
and indispensable business information, come together in Westlaw to offer
legal practitioners a robust set of resources that can contribute to sustained
Clare Hart, Factiva president and CEO, said: "West and Factiva together
provide a powerful combination of world-class legal and business information
unmatched elsewhere in a single service. Comprehensive research across
all Factiva publications can be performed on Westlaw in just one search.
There's no need to navigate complex library structures or perform multiple
overlapping searches. Factiva on Westlaw offers the best collection of
'must read' publications for industry sectors in which law firms and corporate
legal departments operate."
The Harrison Co.
Located in Atlanta, The Harrison Co. is a 94-year-old regional legal
publisher for the southeastern U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
North Carolina, Louisiana,Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia. Terms of
the transaction were not disclosed.
Harrison's products, which include someof the region's most authoritative
and trusted legal titles, will be fully integrated into West's print and
online product offerings. This integration strengthens West's leadership
position in this region, offering customers a library of integrated, analytical
legal research products.
"Harrison publications have a strong reputation, and they are valued
by practitioners for their regional authority and expertise," said Wilens.
"Harrison's products perfectly complement our jurisdictional content. We
are proud that we can continue the Harrison legacy of authority and excellence.
We look forward to offering our customers integrated, customized packages
built on the best regional content available."
Source: West Group, Eagan, MN, 800/328-4880; http://www.westgroup.com.