Thomson buys West

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Canadian-based Thomson Corp. has agreed to buy West Publishing Co., Eagan, Minn., a leading legal publisher, for $3.43 billion. West reported revenues of $825 million for the fiscal year ended last July 31. Brian H. Hall, president-CEO of Thomson Legal Publishing, Rochester, N.Y., will become president of West; Andrew Mills, head of financial services and North American professional publishing for Thomson, will be CEO.

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