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FindLaw E-newsletter Distribution Reaches Five Million per Month


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 23, 2002 – Everyone can get something from the more than 50 newsletters published by FindLaw, the highest-trafficked legal Web site. Newsletter subjects range from case law updates to small business legal tips and much more. They are so popular that FindLaw sends out more than five million opt-in e-mail newsletters per month.

Subscribers to FindLaw's newsletters get to peek behind the doors of the latest legal headlines. Recent items in FindLaw's newsletters have allowed readers to view the detailed criminal complaint and affidavit of probable cause against basketball star Allen Iverson on assault and other offenses, and documents related to John Walker Lindh's guilty plea.

FindLaw's electronic newsletters, which are written and edited by attorneys, cover a wide breadth of topics. Subscribers can choose from breaking legal news to summaries of class action opinions to a review of the day's top legal stories. In addition, subscribers can receive daily opinion summaries from 22 jurisdictions. FindLaw's weekly opinion summaries cover 15 topics, such as bankruptcy and intellectual property. Finally, FindLaw's general topic newsletters and Writ, the popular e-zine that features columns by leading legal authorities including John Dean, encompass topics like legal commentary, entertainment law, sports law, small business law, labor and employment law, and many other practice areas. And subscription to every newsletter is absolutely free.

FindLaw's newsletters receive many positive comments from subscribers across the country. "I just want to thank you for your wonderful information. I am involved in an 'adverse employment action,' and your newsletters have provided me with invaluable insight regarding the legal stipulations of my case," said Theresa Bowen, a subscriber from Syracuse, N.Y. "Not only does this information provide me with much needed knowledge and background information, it helps to ease my mind about the details of my case. I am able to see how the law plays out in the courts, and this information helps me to feel more in control of my situation. Thank you for a fine job, and keep up the good work."

Legal professionals find the information in FindLaw's newsletters very useful as well. "The succinct summaries give me a load of information very quickly and the links to the cases really help speed up my research time," said Kim Christiansen, a subscriber and general counsel/executive assistant to the president of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan.

"We are always looking for ways to make FindLaw a better resource, and our subscription base is evidence of our commitment to this goal," said Stacy Stern, vice president of audience development for FindLaw. "There is a very strong community of both legal and non-legal professionals that looks to FindLaw for information on legal issues and to connect with qualified legal practitioners."

Subscription information for FindLaw's newsletters can be found at There are more than 50 different newsletters available, all for free.

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