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Prepare to Say Goodbye to ALR (as we know it)


ALR will be on Westlaw ONLY, not Lexis, starting January 2008. An August 20th, 2007, Information Today article sums up what will happen and provides links to background and related stories, including the products Lexis will roll out to fill the gap.

From the Information Today article, by Carol Ebbinghouse:

“American Law Reports (ALR) resources will be available exclusively on Westlaw beginning in January 2008. This date coincides with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ALR series that began with Legal Research Annotated (LRA). The move by Thomson West’s Westlaw legal information service to pull its ALR content from competitor LexisNexis will not be a popular one with Lexis users—especially this Lexis user and her patrons! LexisNexis plans to offer new and upgraded services in response (see below), so the one-upmanship battle between the last legal information empires left standing grinds on. In its wake lie the customers, reeling from the never-ending cycle of having valuable information pulled out from under them again and again and again….”

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