Antitrust Suit Against Thomson Will Go Forward

Law360, New York (January 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a victory for aspiring lawyers, an antitrust lawsuit against Thomson Corp. will go forward after a ruling in Manhattan on Thursday, in which the owner of the Westlaw legal research service was told to prove it didn’t illegally force sales of its study materials.

As with previous antitrust lawsuits against Thomson, the plaintiffs have accused the company of a civil conspiracy to tie state-specific bar preparation material to multistate bar preparation material through its so-called BarBri courses.

Toronto-based Thomson, which sells 40,000 of the courses...
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