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Dear Editors: The April 4 Connecticut Law Tribune article, “West-LEXIS Secret Pact Unshrouded,” misses the point of LEXIS-NEXIS’s 1988 agreement with West. The agreement can hardly be said to have “shut out other competitors” in the legal research market. On the contrary, it was non-exclusive-West has always been free to license the same material to others. The agreement has actually enhanced competition by offering legal professionals new sources for materials that include National Reporter System pagination. The $3 million annual license fee referred to in the article was simply compensation for LEXIS-NEXIS obtaining the unambiguous rights to use this pagination and make it available to a broader set of users. The license fee also meant that LEXIS-NEXIS would not have to further pursue then-pending litigation with West. West had successfully obtained a preliminary injunction against LEXIS-NEXIS that had been upheld on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As a result of the court-approved settlement under which that fee was paid, LEXIS-NEXIS was immediately able to better serve its customers by offering them the first alternative source for legal research materials enhanced with National Reporter System pagination. This outcome was clearly advantageous to customers for legal research services, promoting vigorous competition in the market during the years since the settlement occurred. Legal professionals have benefitted from the intense competition that characterizes the legal market. At LEXIS-NEXIS, we are proud of our role in driving this competition and in creating the many new products and services now enjoyed by our customers. Sincerely, Larry D. Thompson, Ph.D Senior Vice President Marketing and Strategic Business Development LEXIS

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