Alan Sugarman founded HyperLaw in 1991. HyperLaw was the first publisher to distribute US Supreme Court and US courts of appeal decisions on CD-ROM. At the time, appellate decisions were only published in West’s Federal Reporter, and West threatened HyperLaw with copyright infringement. HyperLaw sued West—successfully—for a declaration that West did not have a valid copyright in its citations or the text of court opinions. (You can read more about the lawsuit and see all the pleadings at HyperLaw.com.)
In 2017, I discussed HyperLaw and the lawsuit against West Publishing with Alan on The Lawyerist Podcast:
Published on January 21st, 2021. Last updated on March 23rd, 2021, by Sam Glover.