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August 19, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson Acquires Lawtel

Thomson Corp.'s legal and regulatory market group announced it has strengthened its presence in Europe with the acquisition of Lawtel (, a U.K.-based legal online information service. Lawtel will be managed by Sweet & Maxwell (, a Thomson legal publisher. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Lawtel offers current awareness and other legal services designed to allow lawyers to keep in touch with the latest legal developments. The service complements Sweet & Maxwell's existing family of online products, particularly Westlaw UK. Lawtel's penetration in key market segments, including small law firms, the bar, and in-house counsel, strengthens Sweet & Maxwell's ability to reach a broader range of legal customers. According to the announcement, the acquisition of Lawtel further reinforces the Thomson strategy of investing in integrated information solutions that help business and professional customers around the world work more productively, and is a signal of the commitment Thomson has to serving online customers in Europe.

Lawtel was launched in 1980. It was formerly owned by The Lawyer Group, a division of Centaur Communications.

Source: Thomson Corp.

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