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WEST WON'T SEEK RENEWAL OF JURIS CONTRACT WITH DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 EAGAN, Minn., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Expressing support for the Clinton Administration's goal of re-inventing government, West Publishing Company, the nation's leading publisher of legal materials, announced today that it won't seek to renew its contract with the U.S. Department of Justice to provide its case reports and other data for JURIS, an in-house computerized legal research system created by the Department some 20 years ago.
 Under the longstanding arrangements, West provided JURIS with a wide variety of value-added features, including, in the case of West case reports, West-created case summaries called synopses, West-created headnotes which summarize the points of law West believes are discussed in an opinion, and West's Key Number classifications, which facilitate the finding of other caselaw authority.
 In a statement issued today, Jerrol M. Tosrud, executive vice president, said West hopes to maintain its relationship with the Justice Department, providing an even better array of services through the company's WESTLAW online computer-assisted legal research service. He said West's decision is consistent with the Clinton Administration's goal of "re-inventing, re-thinking and re-doing government."
 The statement is as follows:
 West has decided not to seek renewal of its JURIS contract with
 the Department of Justice. That decision is based on two positive
 and important factors -- each reflecting the best interests of the
 company, American taxpayers and the cause of public access to public
 information.
 First, West was founded on -- and has succeeded in the American
 marketplace in part because of -- the especially American principle
 of public access to public information. West supports full
 government dissemination of public information in a democratic
 society. We agree with those who are committed to these principles.
 Second, Vice President Gore is right. It is time to re-invent,
 re-think and re-do government. America is on the verge of a new
 information era which requires reassessment of the respective roles
 of government and private business. West, as a leader of America's
 robust information industry, is committed to using its technology to
 move forward into the new information era. As part of the new
 order, government must become more effective. That effectiveness
 can, in part, be accomplished by relying on America's private sector
 to provide information products more efficiently.
 In that spirit, it should be noted that West's JURIS
 participation was never intended to be permanent. West first
 licensed data to the Department, at the Department's request, at a
 time when today's incredible variety of private information services
 did not exist. West believes that the Department will be better
 served by using WESTLAW and the variety of other information
 services available from the private sector.
 West deeply values and appreciates its longstanding relationship
 with the Department of Justice. West remains committed to meeting
 the Department's needs in the best, most efficient, most forward
 looking manner possible.
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 /CONTACT: Dorothy Molstad of West Publishing, 612-687-7617/


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