LexisNexis sued for breach of contract by Ohio county law library

Since 2002, Medina County Law Library (Ohio) has contracted with LexisNexis to provide search services for approximately 100 private practitioners (attorneys who are not employed by the County). This access privilege for the private attorneys was paid by the law library. In 2018, LexisNexis informed the law library that it was cancelling this license mid-term because the listed subscribers were not government professional users employed by the subscriber.

On Sept. 6th, the Medina County Law Library sued LexisNexis for breach of contract. Here’s the text of the Motion for Temporary Injunction and  the LexisNexis Complaint

Of course LexisNexis was fully aware that the 100 or so Lexis users were private sector attorneys when the company entered and repeatedly renewed its license with the law library. So why the change? Probably because the Company thinks it would make more money by forcing the private practitioners to contract directly and individually with LexisNexis.– Joe

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