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Volume 19, Issue 7 July/August 2002
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West Group Partners with Factiva, Acquires The Harrison Co.

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 Co.

Factiva Alliance

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 professional success."

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.

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