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March 2001
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Wolters Completes Loislaw.com Deal

Wolters Kluwer has completed its acquisition of Loislaw.com. Approximately 94 percent of all shares were tendered under the offer, which expired Jan. 29, the company reports. Wolters paid $95 million for the company, based in Van Buren, Ark. The online research company has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Aspen Publishers, reports Wolters.

Information: Reader Response no. 210.

More Acquisitions

Nokia announced it has completed its acquisition of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Ramp Networks. Nokia acquired more than 90 percent of the outstanding shares of Ramp with a tender offer that expired on Jan. 19, it says. Ramp Networks becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia, it says.

The aggregate case purchase price was about $127 million, reports Nokia.

Information: Reader Response no. 211.

Eastman Kodak Co. has completed its acquisition of the imaging business of Bell & Howell Co. In the U.S. and Canada, the transferred Bell & Howell units will operate initially as CustomerFirst Services & Support Inc. Once the integration is complete, it's anticipated that the micrographics equipment will be marketed under the Kodak brand, the company says. CustomerFirst Services & Support will become a worldwide brand for the service and support of third-party products and will operate within Kodak's Document Imaging division.

Information: Reader Response no. 212.

Partnerships

Law.com has entered into a licensing agreement with StenAccount Inc., a Winchester, Va.-based company that offers management software for court reporting firms. Under the accord, law.com will develop and market a Windows-based, Web-enabled version of StenAccount's management software suite, the companies report.

The software provides a variety of functions, including calendar; job tracking; invoicing; cash receipts; payroll; reports; query and "Report Pro" database report generator. StenAccount will serve as a reseller, they explain. Law.com is a sister company to American Lawyer Media Inc., the publisher of LTN.

Information: Reader Response no. 213.

USOutsourcing has announced a relationship with London-based International Business Channel Ltd. to provide European-based sales and marketing services for pre-IPO U.S. companies. IBC offers U.S. customers European offices, dedicated phone numbers, computers, phones and other equipment, as well as sales and marketing support, among its services. The services is to help U.S. companies avoid entanglement with European employment laws or accounting procedures.

Information: Reader Response no. 214.

FileNET Corp. and PlumTree Software announced an alliance to integrate FileNET's Panagon eProcess services and content management software into the Plumtree Corporate Portal. Users of the portal can now search FileNET content libraries for documents, open and work with these documents.

Information: Reader Response no. 215.

LAWTRAC Development Corp. has teamed with the Austin, TX-based eCertain. LAWTRAC users will now be able to use the Digital Certainty process to send and receive, with high level encryption technology, electronic messages, attachments and invoices.

Information: Reader Response no. 216.

Minneapolis, Minn.-based Legal Research Center Inc., and Dedham, Mass.-based Integrity Interactive Corp., have signed an agreement to create and deliver a comprehensive online compliance training program for Medtronics Inc. Integrity owns a minority equity stake in Medtronics Inc.

Information: Reader Response no. 298.

Affinity Programs

CaseSoft, a division of DecisionQuest, has joined the New York State Bar Association Affinity Program.

NYSBA members can now receive exclusive package deals on CaseSoft's litigation software, CaseMap and TimeMap.

Information: Reader Response no. 217.

Procom Technology Inc. has joined the VERITAS Vplus Solutions Provider Partner program. Procom has incorporated data protection technology using the "Network Data Management Protocol" open standard to support VERITAS Software's data protection software with its NetFORCE 3000 enterprise NAS filers.

Information: Reader Response no. 218.

Change Your Rolodex

Pinpoint Training announced that it has changed its name to Excentia, and its offices to 1300 N. 17th St., Suite 970, Rosslyn, Va. 22209.

Excentia develops courses in management, finance, accounting, and communication.

Information: Reader Response no. 219.

River Run Software Group has announced that it has relocated it's corporate headquarters to 550 West Ave., Stamford, Conn. 06902.

Information: Reader Response no. 220.

Odyssey Development Inc. has opened a new office in the U.K. The office is located in Chester, England, near the three business centers of Liverpool, Manchester, and London., the company says.

Information: Reader Response no. 221.

American Lawyer Media Inc. Acquires Jury Verdicts Publisher

AmericanLawyer(color) American Lawyer Media Inc. has purchased the assets of Haslam Publications, which publishes jury verdict and settlement research data in California. Haslam operates six publication (including Jury Verdicts Weekly), that offer detailed information on civil trials and verdicts; jury awards and out-of-court settlements; expert witness listings; and more.

Its database contains information on more than 40,000 cases, says ALM. The operations will be integrated into ALM's fast-growing Jury Verdict division.

ALM also has acquired an equity interest in LawCommerce.com, in exchange for advertising space in ALM print publications and other promotional opportunities with selected ALm properties. "LawCommerce's online center provides innovative services to the profession that represent an excellent fit with our publications and readers," said William Pollak, ALM president and CEO. (ALM is the publisher of Law Technology News.)

Information: Reader Response no. 229.

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