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Legal publisher in court over fraud claims

Legal publisher in court over fraud claims

LexisNexis charges subscribers extra fees for searches without warning them, an attorney is claiming in a federal class action in San Francisco.

Andrew Dieden claims subscribers to the legal research site are not informed they must click on a “my lexis” tab before they search in order to avoid extra charges.

As Courthouse News reports, further covered by Practice Source, Dieden claims he logged on to LexisNexis, and believing his employment law searches were covered under his subscription, began searching the site.

It was not until he received credit card statements showing extra fees “that turned out to exceed many times the amount” of his subscription, that he realised his legal searching had gone astray.

Adding insult to injury for the attorney, he said, was being told by a LexisNexis representative that the additional charges might be eliminated or reduced if he agreed to change from a monthly to an annual subscription. He declined and the company refused to drop the charges.

He is now seeking actual, statutory and general damages for breach of contract, fraud, negligent representation and unjust enrichment.

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