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LAWYERS COOPERATIVE PUBLISHING REPORTS COURT RULING AGAINST MEAD: FORMER MEAD EMPLOYEE NOT IN VIOLATION OF NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing:
 The Common Pleas Court of Montgomery County, Ohio, ruled against Mead Data Central, Inc. in a case brought in Dayton, Ohio, by Mead Data Central against former employee Christopher T. Wolff and Thomson Legal Publishing claiming that Wolff's prospective employment with Lawyers Cooperative Publishing violated a non-compete agreement signed by Wolff in 1984. Thomson Legal Publishing consists of leading legal publishing companies including Clark Boardman Callaghan, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing and Bancroft Whitney. Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, based in Rochester, N.Y., publishes legal reference information in print and CD-ROM formats.
 Wolff's testimony during the course of the trial revealed that the reason he sought employment with Lawyers Cooperative Publishing was out of concern for his job security with Mead. In August 1993, 400 Mead Data Central employees were laid off.
 After reviewing technical data regarding the competitive stance of Mead Data Central and Thomson, Judge John P. Petzold wrote in his decision, "The court finds Plaintiff (Mead) failed in its burden to convince the court of the need for injunctive relief preventing Wolff from accepting employment with Thomson or any of its subsidiaries."
 The court upheld Mead Data Central's claim that Wolff possessed information that could negatively impact Mead's competitive advantage. It permitted Thomson to employ Wolff, but issued an injunction preventing Wolff from disclosing confidential information acquired during his employment with Mead Data Central.
 Thomson officials are in full support of the court's injunction regarding non-disclosure of confidential information.
 "We are simply interested in the skills and expertise Chris (Wolff) can bring to our company of his own accord," said Kathryn M. Downing, president and CEO of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing. "Chris has an excellent record and is a good fit with our organization. We are not interested in confidential information about Mead Data Central because we are just not in the same business."
 In supporting this position the court stated, "...Defendant, Wolff, shall be granted the right to enter employment with Thomson Legal Publishing or any of its subsidiaries provided that disclosure of any confidential information and trade secrets are not had in accordance with the nondisclosure agreement signed by the Defendant."
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 /CONTACT: Kathryn M. Downing, president and CEO, or Mary Anne Donovan, manager, public communications, of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 716-546-5530, ext. 3391/


CO: Lawyers Cooperative Publishing; Thomson Legal Publishing; Mead Data
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