Thomson Reuters Claims Legal Startup Stole Westlaw Content

Law360 (May 6, 2020, 6:40 PM EDT) -- Thomson Reuters filed a copyright lawsuit Wednesday against a legal research startup called ROSS Intelligence, accusing the company of illegally copying huge swaths of the Westlaw database to create a competing service.

In a complaint filed in Delaware federal court, Thomson Reuters said ROSS used "roundabout and deceitful tactics" to gain access to Westlaw, then used automated "bots" to systematically download huge amounts of information.

"ROSS did so, not for the purposes of legal research, but to rush out a competing product without having to spend the resources, creative energy, and time to create it itself," Thomson Reuters wrote.

"The net...

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