Why Ask Why West

I just received a brochure from Lexis for its set of California Reports, and I intend to share it with our advanced legal research class.

From the blurb:

As the official publisher of the California Reports, LexisNexis is part of the court’s publishing process.  LexisNexis editors work closely with the California Reporter of Decisions’ staff to meet all requirements for authenticity, integrity and accuracy.  All opinions are checked, corrected and approved prior to publication in the official advance sheet — and again before the bound volumes are published.  Plus all headnotes and case summaries are approved by the author of the opinion. . . .

A lot of work, to be sure.  And there’s no doubt that West’s efforts are similar.

What’s not similar are the prices for the bound volumes:

LexisNexis:

California Official Reports: Supreme Court Bound Volumes . . . $ 22.30

California Official Reports: Appellate Court Bound Volumes . . . $ 22.30

West (from our latest monthly invoice)

West’s California Reporter . . . $ 195.50

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About Paul Lomio

Paul is library director and lecturer at law at Stanford Law School. He has a J.D. from Gonzaga Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, and a M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe. He also likes to ride his bicycle.

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