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THOMSON RESPONDS TO WEST'S LAWSUIT

 THOMSON RESPONDS TO WEST'S LAWSUIT
 STAMFORD, Conn., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Electronic


Publishing announced that it has today responded to a "false" advertising complaint filed by West Publishing Company.
 Auto-Cite is produced by Thomson Electronic Publishing, part of Thomson Professional Publishing. The group consists of several outstanding publishing companies including Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, Bancroft Whitney, Clark Boardman Callaghan, Research Institute of America and Warren, Gorham & Lamont. According to Richard J. Harrington, chief executive officer, "Thomson is dedicated to providing outstanding value to legal and tax professional customers through products which satisfy their needs in every respect. Our companies are well known for the quality of their products. This is true of Auto-Cite as well."
 Auto-Cite is Thomson's electronic citation verification product sold exclusively through Mead Data Central's LEXIS(R) service since 1979. Customers use Auto-Cite to find out the history of a case as it proceeds through the courts. Auto-Cite also helps legal professionals to know the precedential value of their case by providing information on whether the cases are still good law. Well known for its coverage, accuracy, currentness, comprehensiveness, Auto-Cite is used by lawyers, law students, paralegals, and librarians.
 The Auto-Cite comparative ad first appeared in May 1991 and ran through March 1992. The ads were discontinued when Thomson discovered the number of reporters covered by both Insta-Cite and Auto-Cite had increased. The West suit was filed three months after Thomson discontinued the ads. The lawsuit alleges inaccuracy in the number of reporters covered by Insta-Cite. It does not challenge Thomson's other claims of superiority for Auto-Cite.
 "Coverage is more than just a list of reporter names" said Richard Cusker, Esq., editor for the Auto-Cite service. Cusker continued, "In its lawsuit, West obscures the fact that Auto-Cite coverage is more complete. We measure Auto-Cite coverage in terms of number of volumes covered, the years of coverage, the completeness of its case history information, and the number of reporters covered. Auto-Cite coverage exceeds that of its competitor," continued Cusker.
 As of June 1, Auto-Cite covered 405 distinct reporters. The Auto- Cite service generally covers these reporters from the first volume in the series, going back as early as 1658. It is all of these attributes of Auto-Cite: coverage, currentness, and comprehensiveness, that give customers assurance that their cases still have value for legal briefs, articles, and court opinions.
 For additional information contact Nell Johnson of Thomson Electronic Publishing, 617-345-2218.
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 /CONTACT: Nell Johnson of Thomson Electronic Publishing, 617-345-2218/ CO: Thomson Electronic Publishing; West Publishing Company ST: Connecticut IN: PUB SU:


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