Westlaw's Lightning Fast Response

I wrote the other day about my decision to stop doing business with Westlaw. My primary complaint was that the firm's billing practices are at best Byzantine, although the practices lack the charm of the exotic. Readers from across the country responded. I am not the only person who Westlaw has taken for granted.

It turns out that Westlaw can respond when it wants to, so I need to correct the impression that the company cannot find it's hindquarters with either hand.

We informed our local sales representative that we were taking down our web page from the Findlaw account, a subsidiary of Thompson West's, and moving elsewhere. Guess what? The page came down in record time. We're naken today with no online presence for the first time in years. Alas, poor Internet.

So here's the moral of the story: When West has you in the grips of a contract from which it can extract a dollar by squeezing, it will twist until your accountant weeps. But on a month-to-month contract, the moment you stop paying, the company stops playing.

West can listen when it wants to. It can respond when it is in the company's interest to do so. Hence proof positive that the company could be responsive if it wanted to be on other matters. It just doesn't care. It just wants to get paid.
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Posted on June 21, 2010 at 9:47 am by Jamison
Having coincidentally just gotten off the phone wi...
Having coincidentally just gotten off the phone with West to cancel an order I never made, I can sympathize with your frustration.

Years ago, I got into a dispute with American Express over a payment. When after 6 months the matter was finally resolved, I asked for a small credit to our account to compensate me for all the time I had spent in rectifying what they were finally admitting was their error. The customer service representative thought that it was very charming of me to suggest this. She thought I was kidding.

When this didn't work, I asked for a letter of apology. The representative assured me that this was in fact something they could do. When the letter arrived, it told me that they were very sorry IF I felt I had been inconvenienced. Needless to say, that was not exactly the type of apology I had been expecting.
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