"Official Report" Contracts between
State Courts and Law Report Publishers

Peter W. Martin
Cornell Law School

  State Current Publisher Year contract began Note
  Arkansas   2007 (Thomson Reuters) Arkansas ended print publication of official reports in 2009. Electronic version at judiciary website is now the "official report". See Ark. Sup. Ct. Rule 5-2.
  California LexisNexis 2017, 2010, 2003 Contract runs through June 2019 plus two possible extensions, one for two years, a second for three years. The first has been exercised. The second is likely to be.
  Georgia LexisNexis 2020 (LexisNexis),  2012 (LexisNexis)2008 (Thomson Reuters), 2004 (LexisNexis) Georgia law requires the contract to go to the bidder offering the lowest price on the bound volumes. There were three qualified bidders in 2012 and 2008 (Darby being the third), with LexisNexis lowest in 2012, Thomson Reuters lowest in 2008. With annual extensions its contract ran through June 2015. LexisNexis has since held the contract.  The most recent was awarded in 2020.
2004 (Thomson Reuters) Illinois ended print publication of official reports in 2011. Electronic version at judiciary website provides the final text and all the necessary citation information. See Ill. Sup. Ct. Rule 23 .
  Massachusetts LexisNexis 2019, 2014, 2009 (Thomson Reuters), 2001 (Thomson Reuters) Contract runs through June 2024 plus two possible 1-year extensions.
  Michigan Thomson Reuters 2020, 20122004 Contract runs through June 2025, amended subsequently in 2020 to remove requirement of copyright registration.
  New Hampshire LexisNexis 2013, 2002 Contract covers publication through volume 170 (volume 160 begins in 2010; 165, in 2013).
  New York Thomson Reuters 202120102005 Contract runs through December 2025. LexisNexis also bid on the 2010 contract.
  Ohio Thomson Reuters 2021, 2012,  2001 Contract runs through June 2015, with an option extension of up to 5 years.  The current contract covers only decisions of the Ohio Supreme Court.  Decisions of lower Ohio courts are published online.
  Vermont LexisNexis 2020, 2013, 2009, 2006 Contract covers publication of volumes 211-213 of the Vermont Reports.
  Washington LexisNexis 2020 amendment, Court order authorizing 2020 extension, 2018 amendment20142007, 2000 Contract initially ran through June 2019, with an optional 2-year extension. A 2018 amendment extended the term to 2021, the second extended the term to 2022.



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