The ball is back in AALL’s court: Will the Executive Board take up the LexisNexis tying controversy at this week’s board meeting?

On June 7, 2018, AALL sent Mike Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis Legal, a letter calling for the company to cease tying the acquisition of its print and ancillary products to licensing Lexis Advance or face “legal or commercial action.” About four weeks later AALL had an unsatisfactory meeting with LN executives. Because of that meeting the ball is back in AALL’s court. But is the LexisNexis matter on the Executive Board’s fall meeting agenda?

Hope so. Don’t know. But don’t think so. The matter does not appear as a specific agenda item. What does appear in the Fall Board Book is an opening presentation by Paula Goedert, a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP where she chairs the Associations and Foundations Practice Group. But Goedert was not the attorney of record for the Walsh letter; James P. Fieweger of Michael Best & Friedrich was.

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