Monday, April 14, 2014

Is Westlaw "Classic" about to go the way of "New Coke?"

According to our friends at the Law Librarians Blog, Westlaw "Classic" will be phased out as of July 1, 2014 leaving WestlawNext as Thomson Reuters only electronic legal research engine.  I have no firsthand knowledge of this since I haven't received any of the emails (presumably from Westlaw reps?) referenced in Mark Giangrande's post (according to this post on Reddit by DrWalterWhite, Westlaw reps are notifying law firms of same).  But given that last summer Westlaw reported 80% of its legal research engine revenue was generated by WestlawNext compared to 20% from Westlaw "Classic," it won't be surprising if we discover later this summer that Westlaw Classic does indeed go the way of "New Coke."

You can read Mark's full post on the purported phase-out of Westlaw Classic here.


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Actually, "old Coke" is being phased out. That is, its formula is being changed.

Posted by: Luigi | Apr 16, 2014 8:13:07 AM

Most academic law libraries received notice from their Westlaw reps last week.

Posted by: Amy | Apr 15, 2014 1:11:45 PM

For the new coke analogy to work, wouldn't westlaw next have to be the product that goes away?

Posted by: MB | Apr 15, 2014 11:37:56 AM

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