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lexisnexisLexisNexis is closing its Bellevue operations at the end of this year, a decision that will impact about 80 people. The company’s Legal & Professional services business, which employs about 10,000 worldwide, established operations in the Seattle area through its acquisition of online document retrieval startup CourtLink in 2001.

The company issued this statement when contacted by GeekWire this morning.

On May 20 LexisNexis communicated to the 80 employees at its Bellevue office that the company will exit that facility at the end of 2013 with the majority of positions moved to other LexisNexis offices or home based locally.

LexisNexis remains fully committed to the products and services currently based in the Bellevue office – including its Litigation Tools solutions, CourtLink, Expert Research On Demand and others. Rather, the change is being made as part of a company initiative to co-locate businesses and functions with similar LexisNexis businesses and functions in other offices for even greater innovation and collaboration.

The company did not say where the jobs would be shifted, but we’ve heard North Carolina. The company’s Bellevue offices are located at 13427 NE 16th Street.

UPDATE: A spokesman said that most of the jobs will be moved to Cary, North Carolina, and staffers in the Bellevue office will be given the opportunity to relocate.

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