On Not Joining the West 600 Club

Today’s mail brought four new West supplements, each costing more than $ 600.00.

The first, just 3/4 of an inch thick, is Biotechnology and the Law, Update 7.  Its cost is $ 601.43.  Before I pay this invoice, I want to know:  Who wrote this supplement?  Was it the same team of people who wrote the supplement to Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure?  No, check that:  There’s no way I’m paying for this supplement.  No way; no how.

The next item is a 2 1/2 inch supplement to McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, 4th.  Its price is $ 608.52.  Talk about “unfair.”

Next up is a 4 1/2 inch supplement to West Federal Forms, priced at $ 605.27.

Last, but hardly least at $ 967.42, is 8 inches of material — pocket parts and supplements to West’s Uniformed Laws Annotated.

The timing of the arrival of this material — with its grand total of $ 2,782.64 — really couldn’t be worse.   In times like these, how can publishers do this to us?

Digital Statutory Supplements for Legal Education


“Digital Statutory Supplements for Legal Education” 


C. STEVEN BRADFORD, University of Nebraska College of Law

MARK HAUTZINGER, affiliation not provided to SSRN

Law students spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on statute books or statutory supplements for their courses. These statutory supplements, notorious for their weight and bulkiness, are compilations of subject-specific statutes and regulations, most of which are publicly available at no charge. This article discusses the advantages of digital statute books, details how the authors created a digital statute book that was used in two securities regulation courses, and evaluates the result of that experiment.


Source:  LSN Law Educator: Courses, Materials & Teaching Vol. 5 No. 12, 06/19/2009

Update to Rudovsky v. West Publishing Corp.

Here is an update to a case commented upon earlier here and here.

Law Professors Clear Hurdle in Suit Against West Publishing
Shannon P. Duffy
The Legal Intelligencer
June 10, 2009

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a defamation suit brought by two law professors who claim that West Publishing harmed their reputations when it falsely identified them as the authors of a poorly researched treatise update.


The June 4, 2009 Memorandum can be found here.