Lawyer Shutters Blog After Threat From Lexis

Until yesterday, the URL www.electronicdiscoveryblog.com led to a blog on e-discovery law written by lawyer W. Lawrence Wescott II. Today, that blog is gone. Wescott took it down after a lawyer from LexisNexis threatened legal action over a claimed unauthorized use of LexisNexis cases. The blog was among the ABA Journal Blawg 100 honorees in 2007.

Before shutting down his blog yesterday, Wescott posted a notice titled simply, “Farewell”:

Lexis has informed me that I do not have permission to use their cases on this blog. I went back and looked at my original agreement, and it was in fact only for a year. It’s been three years since I started this blog, and it has been a good run. Therefore, I am shutting down the blog.

Wescott said that when he first started the blog, he contacted Lexis and was given written permission to post up to 1,000 cases for a year.