Judge tosses copyright suit against LexisNexis, Westlaw

Lawyer claimed legal databases profited off his copyrighted legal filings

Legal research companies LexisNexis and Westlaw can breathe a sigh of relief now that a judge has tossed a copyright suit against them.

Last February, two lawyer—Edward White and Kenneth Elan—sued Reed Elsevier Plc-owned LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters Corp.-owned Westlaw, claiming they unlawfully profited by selling their legal documents in their databases. White and Elan sought to represent two classes of lawyers: those who had obtained copyright registration of their works, as White had, and those such as Elan, who hadn’t.

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