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Extras - Lexis Library Update: An Overview of Two New Sources

By Robyn Rebollo, Published on April 18, 1999

Robyn Rebollo is the Law Librarian for McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe LLP in McLean, VA.

(Archived May 17, 1999)

Lexis recently released two new sources that provide some useful information for litigating attorneys and corporate intelligence researchers.

Mealey's Litigation Advisor

Info USA's Inactive Business Database


Mealey's Litigation Advisor

Mealey’s Litigation Advisor is a group file that contains articles written exclusively for Lexis by Mealey’s staff and special correspondents. The group file is broken down into three different areas: News, Practice and Trends & Review.

News (MEANWS):

Covers recent news affecting litigators. Topics include attorneys fees, expert admissibility, discovery, sanctions for abuses and more.

Practice (MEAPRC):

Includes articles to advise attorneys and in-house counsel on how they can function and perform more effectively. Topics include handling audits, corporate client communications, proving or disproving damages, presenting opening remarks and more.

Trends & Review (MEATAR):

Newsletter carrying articles about strategies, new approaches, precedents, new rules and laws that impact litigation practice.

The coverage for both group and individual files begins at January 1999. Mealey’s Litigation Advisor is updated weekly. The cost to run a single search in the ADVISR group file is $32.00. Cost for a single search in the individual files listed above is $27.00.

I decided to perform a search in the ADVISR group file. I searched for articles that discussed "conflict of interest." Being a fairly new resource, there wasn’t a large selection of articles to choose from. I did, however, locate two relevant articles listed below:

January 21, 1999

HEADLINE: New Jersey Court Disbars Attorney For Using Runner In Crash Cases, Loaning Clients Money, Not Advising Client, Having Conflict Of Interest

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February 5, 1999

HEADLINE: 3rd Circuit Adopts Test For Removing Class Counsel For Conflict Of Interest When Some Dissatisfied Plaintiffs Become Objectors And Adversaries

Summary

  • Libraries to access Mealey’s Litigation Advisor Publications: 2NDARY, CORP, LEGNEW, LEXREF, LITGAT
  • Group File: ADVISR
  • Individual Files: MEANWS, MEAPRC, MEATAR
  • Coverage: January 1999
  • Frequency: Weekly, usually on Friday

 

Info USA's Inactive Business Database

A great new resource for corporate intelligence research is Info USA’s Inactive Business Database. It contains over 1.2 million records of business records removed from Info USA’s Company Database. And 50-60,000 records are added each month.

Often attorneys will ask me to locate key facts on a defunct business such as business contact/owner, address and primary function of the business. The Info USA’s Inactive Database provides this type of information plus primary SIC code number, sales figures, number of employees and city/county population figures from where the company resided. Searchers can use the following search segments when conducting a search: COMPANY, ADDRESS, CONTACT, DATE, ABI-NO AND 2nd-SIC.

Important Reminder for Transactional Users

Lexis transactional users are charged for the number of searches they conduct, and not for the amount of time spent online. Please think a search through before going online. When necessary, conduct a broad search and then narrow your results by using the FOCUS search feature. If you need search assistance, please the Lexis Librarian Hotline @ 1-800-331-5977. In the meantime, here are a few smart search tips:
  • Want to know the price of a particular file? Use the .pr command when browsing through a library.
  • You can always save any number of searches in a log before signing off. If you want to save the results of a particular search, type .keep, and this will place it in your search log. To retrieve the search again without incurring an additional cost, simply type .log whenever you sign back on Lexis.

Listed below is a record sample:

F W WOOLWORTH CO

9110 MATHIS AVE

MANASSAS, VA 20110-5291 UNITED STATES

TEL: 703-368-2612 FAX: 703-368-6020

ABI-NO: 123216236

09/04/98

 

CONTACT: DOROTHY HOPSON MANAGER

COUNTY: MANASSAS CITY

CARRIER-CODE: C039

POPULATION: 25,000 - 49,999 BB

PRI-SIC: 531102 DEPARTMENT STORES

BUSINESS-ORG: FIRM

SALES: 1,000,000 - 2,499,000 CC

EMPLOYEES: 9

AD-SIZE: REGULAR LISTING

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

LOAD-DATE: February 4, 1999

Cost to run a single search in the Info USA’s Inactive Database is $21.00.

Summary