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West Group’s acquisition of The Harrison Co., a Suwanee, Ga.-based legal publisher, will allow lawyers online access to Harrison treatises, monographs and forms. But last month’s sale also means all 60 Harrison employees will be out of jobs by year-end when Harrison, which has published books for lawyers since 1908, will close. Neither company revealed terms of the sale. “We feel good that this legacy will continue on. … We feel good that it will continue with West,” Harrison President Barbara D. Blake said. While the company puts some of its forms on CD-ROM and disk, most of its products are only available as hard copies. Blake, who has been with Harrison since 1970 and also will be out of a job, said she began talks with West last fall. Blake said Harrison employees will receive severance packages and outplacement training. The average Harrison employee has about 15 years’ service, said George B. Mattox, vice president of product development. CONTINUING PRODUCTION Lonnie E. Griffith, West’s senior director for strategic marketing and product planning, is managing Harrison’s integration with the company. Griffith said West will continue to print Harrison’s publications and will upload most of the content to West’s online database. The Harrison name will remain on some products, he added. Mattox said many lawyers prefer using the hard copies Harrison publishes. “I don’t think they’re outdated,” he said. “They’ll be wanted by many, many lawyers for a long, long time.” West will handle Harrison sales from its Eagan, Minn., headquarters. Offices in Cleveland and Rochester, N.Y., will manage editorial functions. Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Beaver partner John K. Larkins Jr. in Atlanta has been published by Harrison. The company published his treatise, “Georgia Contracts: Law and Litigation,” in April. “I chose The Harrison Company because they were the leading publisher of Georgia books,” Larkins said. “I respected their publications.” Larkins added that he looks forward to working with West. Larkins said he received letters announcing the acquisition from both Harrison and West in June. Both companies told him his royalties would not be affected. Harrison publishes law books, treatises, monographs and forms for the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. Harrison’s titles include “Brown’s Georgia Pleading Practice and Legal Forms,” “Daniel’s Criminal Trial Practice and Evidence in Georgia,” “Redfearn’s Wills and Administration in Georgia,” “Pindar’s Real Estate Law and Procedure in Georgia” and “Kaplan’s Georgia Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies.” 1908 FOUNDING George W. Harrison Sr. and George W. Harrison Jr., a father-and-son book publishing team, founded The Harrison Company in 1908. The two had worked at a printing house that published the 1882 Georgia Code and Georgia Supreme Court reports. Shortly after its founding, Harrison began to publish “Van Epps’ Georgia Form Book” and Georgia’s new law code. In 1933, the company started printing the Annotated Georgia Code, the state’s unofficial code until 1981, when the state Legislature created the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. The Michie Co., now a subsidiary of Lexis Nexis, has published the O.C.G.A. since 1981. West is a division of The Thomson Corp. and was formed when West Publishing and Thomson Legal Publishing merged in June 1996.

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