Lawyers sue Westlaw and LexisNexis for copyright infringement

Plaintiffs claim databases violate attorneys’ copyrights by reproducing their legal documents

Two lawyers are accusing the popular legal databases LexisNexis and Westlaw of doing more harm than help.

Yesterday, Oklahoma City, Okla., lawyer Edward White and New York City lawyer Kenneth Elan filed a class action lawsuit against West Publishing and Reed Elsevier, the parent company of LexisNexis, saying the two companies violate lawyers’ copyrights by reproducing their legal documents—including publicly filed briefs, filed briefs and motions—within their respective Westlaw and LexisNexis databases.

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