LexisNexis, a legal software, workflow and content provider, notified the New York Department of Labor on Tuesday that it intends to close its Matthew Bender law book publishing plant in Albany, N.Y., by the end of 2014 for economic reasons. All told, the plant closing will eliminate 220 jobs in the state capital region.
Marc Osborn, senior director, public relations and communications at LexisNexis, informed LTN from New York that Matthew Bender's parent company initially filed the notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act on Tuesday "about changes over the next two years to 2014, when the [Albany] office will be closed." Osborn said that some positions will be eliminated or moved to operate the publishing business more efficiently.
The Albany location is Matthew Bender's main office, but is also home to other LexisNexis departments, including human resources and finance, according to Osborn, who confirmed that "LexisNexis is still committed to the print business." Matthew Bender's publications and treatises such as Energy Law and Transactions and Current Legal Forms With Tax Analysis, as well as their U.S. and state code compilations will continue to be edited and published by LexisNexis.
According to the Albany Times Union, LexisNexis will start layoffs and possible relocations in mid-April at Matthew Bender's 1275 Broadway office. Employees will be provided a 90-day notice required by law before their jobs are terminated.
The Times Union noted that Matthew Bender has been a "centerpiece" in the business and philanthropy community in the upstate capital region for 126 years.
Attorney Sean Doherty is LTN's technology editor.