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January 5, 2006

A Cautionary Tale About Publishers and Contracts

There's an interesting story of an executive (unnamed) at a legal publishing house (also unnamed) that highlights the pitfalls of negotiating contract terms with service vendors.  The InfoWorld story describes a situation where a large amount of text needed to be re-keyed for a presumably online database.  The contractor defined the terms of what was intelligible and proceeded to produce a result that was in compliance with the contract but far from the result contemplated by the publisher.  The rest of the story has the details of how the process unfolded, including the blame up and down the corporate chain of command.  There seem to be little clues as to who might be the publisher involved.  Anyone know of a legal publisher with major offices in Colorado?

Read the whole story at InfoWorld.com here.

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