It seems that the folks at WestlawNext have created a simple two-page resource that helps us all understand the pricing of their new product.  You got to love a clearly written two-page document like this that list out twenty-four scenarios along with three footnotes listing caveats to some of the scenarios.  Don’t forget to multiply those per minute charges by 60 and let everyone at your firm know that accessing a brief will cost you  $3,300.00 an hour. So, tell them to be fast!

  • In my view, briefs (aside from perhaps SCOTUS briefs) have very little value for researchers. Moreover (since I'm assuming that West does not headnote briefs with key numbers), West does not add any value to them. Therefore, I'm amazed that West thinks lawyers should pay significantly more for briefs than for any of the other content West offers.

  • I know that a lot of attorneys were really excited when this resource first came out, but I'm not sure if that excitement continues today. I imagine that there is a lot of 'grunt work' that West does to clean these up and get them into their database, but I assume that most of this work is handled by low-cost laborers (maybe in their Indian operations??) Of course, these are all assumptions… and you know what happens when you assume. 😉

  • Briefs are a place of last resort for me. As in, I can't find it using every other potential resource available and maybe some other attorney found something I didn't. I think there may have been four times in my entire career I actually opened a brief result. But, hey, if West values them that highly, more power to them.

  • Martha,

    I think you've hit the nail on the head. Going to the briefs databank on Westlaw is kind of a "database of last resort". And, God bless 'em, Westlaw and Thomson Reuters are businesses and let the market set the price. As long as researchers are desperate to find an answer, I guess $3400/hr is a price some are willing to pay. Can't say as I can fault Westlaw for being good Capitalists.

  • We use briefs all the time and find them an invaluable resource. That said, since many courts and firms are making digital copies available for free, I don't understand the pricing model. Google is also scanning the historical briefs available in the various New York City Bar Associations.

  • Thanks so much, Greg for sharing this handout and other information on WestlawNext.

    Just curious – is anyone else also receiving this info (particularly West-generated materials like this chart and the WestlawNext pricing guide Greg shared earlier) from their reps? While I'm grateful to be able to find it here, it's a bit distressing that my reps or Library Relations folks aren't sharing it with me directly (let alone first.)

    Has anyone else had this problem? A paranoid part of me is starting to wonder if they want me to be in the dark when it comes time to negotiate whether or not we'll get WestlawNext.

  • Jill,

    The official documentation from West/Thomson Reuters has been very "hit and miss" with the reps. I only know of a few that got anything like this, while most have received nothing from their reps and have to go on what the reps say in face-to-face meetings about WLN.

    Things like this only add to the frustration that people are feeling about getting good (and consistent) information about WLN.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the pricing reflects Tom Glocers $36,595,233 ($3660/hour based on 50 40hr weeks) pay check.

    Still leaves him half a million for the wife and kids…