Thomson West, AIA Partner

June 3, 2005

Minnesota-based Thomson West and the American Insurance Association (AIA) announced a new partnership that will reportedly give AIA and its members valuable resources, educational opportunities and faster access to information solutions specifically tailored to the demands and workflow of insurance professionals. Thomson West is part of The Thomson Corporation.

“We are very pleased to have formed a strategic partnership with Thomson West, a recognized national leader in providing information about legal issues,” said Carlos Munoz, senior vice president of finance and administration for AIA. “It is imperative that our members have access to real-time information that is reliable and comprehensive – clearly this is what they will get from Thomson West.”

Thomson West, a provider of integrated information solutions to the U.S. legal market, is a business partner to insurance companies. From online research on Westlaw to analytical treatises, Thomson West has developed integrated solutions for legal professionals in the insurance industry, including those litigating insurance disputes, investigating insurance claims or advising businesses on insurance compliance and other regulatory issues.

“The partnership between AIA and Thomson West solidifies our mutual goal of supporting the diverse needs of insurance professionals across the country,” said Tim Wahlberg, vice president of the Corporate Segment for Thomson West. “By partnering with AIA, Thomson West is committing valuable resources to ensure that AIA members continue to counsel their clients with the utmost skill and expertise.”

Westlaw allows access to more than 19,000 databases of information, which include editorially enhanced cases, statutes, rules and regulations; legal periodicals and texts; and domestic and international business news. The online service at www.westlaw.com combines research information with technology tools that reportedly puts more power in the hands of researchers.

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