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April 28, 2011
Thomson Reuters Is Unloading BAR/BRI and Has Anyone Noticed that Lexis Unloaded Some Updated Monographs on Juris?
Flash ... think hearing telegraph sounds. ATL is reporting that Thomson Reuters is selling BAR/BRI to Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in educational products and services. Details on ATL here. As noted on LLB on November 19, 2010, "BAR/BRI no longer fits TR's strategic vision." See On Strategic Vision: Thomson Reuters Acquires Indian Legal Process Outsourcing Firm, Pangea3; Wants to Sell BAR/BRI.
Juris Has Acuired Some Updated Lexis Print Titles. Meanwhile ... (again, think hearing telegraph sounds as background "music") with all the hullabaloo over the Lexis-ALM deal (more about that some other time), are invoice-paying law librarians noticing that Lexis has unloaded some updated print monographs on Juris Publishing? Which titles? Don't know but you will know when you receive an invoice or a statement from Juris for a title formerly thought to be published by Lexis. Juris customer service is very helpful and according to a recent telephone conversation, you may (1) receive a statement for billing purposes that may include late charges for ex-Lexis titles which will be waived and (2) Juris will be taking over editorial content production for future updates and editions. Both, but particularly the latter, may be a "good thing" since it appears that the former Lexis titles are marginal in LN's grand scheme of legal publishing while not necessarily being marginal to institutional buyers, their user populations and practitioners generally. Perhaps I missed the press release... . Was one published? [JH]