Agreement and Plan of Merger - Wolters Kluwer U.S. Corporation and Loislaw.com Inc.

                          AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

                                  BY AND AMONG

                        WOLTERS KLUWER U.S. CORPORATION,

                              LL ACQUISITION CORP.,

                                       AND

                                LOISLAW.COM, INC.











                                December 19, 2000







                                TABLE OF CONTENTS


                                    ARTICLE I

THE OFFER AND MERGER.........................................................1
  1.1 The Offer..............................................................1
  1.2 Company Actions........................................................3
  1.3 Directors..............................................................4
  1.4 The Merger.............................................................5
  1.5 Effective Time.........................................................6
  1.6 Closing................................................................6
  1.7 Certificate of Incorporation of the Surviving Corporation..............6
  1.8 By-Laws of the Surviving Corporation...................................6
  1.9 Directors and Officers of the Surviving Corporation....................6
  1.10  Stockholders' Meeting................................................6
  1.11  Merger Without Meeting of Stockholders...............................7


                                   ARTICLE II

CONVERSION OF SECURITIES.....................................................8
  2.1 Conversion of Capital Stock............................................8
  2.2 Dissenting Shares......................................................9
  2.3 Exchange of Certificates...............................................9


                                   ARTICLE III

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY...............................11
  3.1 Corporate Organization and Qualification..............................11
  3.2 Capitalization........................................................11
  3.3 Authority Relative to This Agreement..................................11
  3.4 Consents and Approvals; No Violation..................................12
  3.5 SEC Reports; Financial Statements.....................................12
  3.6 Absence of Certain Changes or Events..................................13
  3.7 Litigation............................................................13
  3.8 Taxes.................................................................13
  3.9 Employee Benefit Plans; Labor Matters.................................14
  3.10  Environmental Laws and Regulations..................................16
  3.11  Intellectual Property; Technology...................................16
  3.12  Real Property.......................................................18
  3.13  Material Contracts..................................................18
  3.14  Compliance with Applicable Laws.....................................19
  3.15  Insurance...........................................................19

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  3.16  Approvals; Antitakeover Provisions..................................19
  3.17  Voting Requirements.................................................20
  3.18  Brokers and Finders.................................................20
  3.19  Opinion of Financial Advisor........................................20
  3.20  Information Supplied................................................20


                                   ARTICLE IV

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT AND PURCHASER......................20
  4.1 Corporate Organization and Qualification..............................21
  4.2 Authority Relative to This Agreement..................................21
  4.3 Consents and Approvals; No Violation..................................21
  4.4 Interim Operations of Purchaser.......................................22
  4.5 Sufficient Funds......................................................22
  4.6 Share Ownership.......................................................22
  4.7 Information Supplied..................................................22
  4.8 Brokers and Finders...................................................22


                                    ARTICLE V

ADDITIONAL COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS.........................................23
  5.1 Interim Operations of the Company.....................................23
  5.2 Alternative Proposals.................................................25
  5.3 Certain Filings.......................................................26
  5.4 Satisfaction of Conditions; Receipt of Necessary Approvals............26
  5.5 Access to Information.................................................26
  5.6 Publicity.............................................................27
  5.7 Directors' and Officers' Insurance and Indemnification................27
  5.8 Employees; Continuation of Benefits...................................28
  5.9 Certain Filings.......................................................28
  5.10  Further Assurances..................................................29


                                   ARTICLE VI

CONDITIONS TO CONSUMMATION OF THE MERGER....................................29
  6.1 Conditions to Each Party's Obligation to Effect Merger................29


                                   ARTICLE VII

TERMINATION.................................................................30
  7.1 Termination...........................................................30

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  7.2 Effect of Termination.................................................32


                                  ARTICLE VIII

MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL...................................................33
  8.1 Payment of Expenses and Other Payments................................33
  8.2 Survival of Representations and Warranties; Survival of 
      Confidentiality Agreement.............................................33
  8.3 Modification or Amendment.............................................33
  8.4 Waiver of Conditions..................................................33
  8.5 Counterparts..........................................................33
  8.6 Governing Law.........................................................34
  8.7 Notices...............................................................34
  8.8 Entire Agreement; Assignment..........................................35
  8.9 Parties in Interest...................................................35
  8.10  Certain Definitions.................................................35
  8.11  Validity............................................................36
  8.12  Interpretation......................................................36
  8.13  Captions............................................................37
  8.14  Specific Performance................................................37
  8.15  Schedules...........................................................37
  8.16  Obligation of Parent................................................37
  8.17  Joint and Several Liability.........................................37

ANNEX A; CONDITIONS TO THE OFFER                                           A-1


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                          AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER


            AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER (this "Agreement"), dated as of
December 19, 2000, by and among Wolters Kluwer U.S. Corporation, a Delaware
corporation ("Parent"), LL Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation and an
indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent ("Purchaser"), and Loislaw.com, Inc.,
a Delaware corporation (the "Company").

                                    RECITALS

            WHEREAS, the respective Boards of Directors of Parent, Purchaser and
the Company have, subject to the conditions of this Agreement, determined that
the Merger (as defined below) is in the best interests of their respective
stockholders and approved this Agreement and the transactions contemplated
hereby;

            WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company has approved the
transactions contemplated by the stock option and tender agreement (the "Stock
Option and Tender Agreement") to be executed and delivered by Parent, Purchaser
and the Stockholders named therein; and

            WHEREAS, Parent, Purchaser and the Company desire to make certain
representations, warranties, covenants and agreements in connection with the
Merger.

            NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the mutual
representations, warranties, covenants and agreements set forth herein, and in
consideration of the execution and delivery by Parent, Purchaser and the
Stockholders named therein of the Stock Option and Tender Agreement, Parent,
Purchaser and the Company hereby agree as follows:


                                    ARTICLE I

                              THE OFFER AND MERGER

      1.1   THE OFFER.

            (a) As promptly as practicable (but in any event no later than the
tenth (10th) business day after the initial public announcement of the execution
of this Agreement by Parent and the Company) Purchaser shall commence (within
the meaning of Rule 14d-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
(the "Exchange Act")) an offer (the "Offer") to purchase for cash all shares of
the issued and outstanding Common Stock, par value $.001 per share (referred to
herein as either the "Shares" or "Company Common Stock"), of the Company, at a
purchase price per Share of $4.3545 net to the seller in cash (such price per
Share, or such higher price per Share, if any, as may be paid in the Offer,
being referred to herein as the "Offer Price"), subject to there being validly
tendered and not withdrawn prior to the expiration of the 



Offer, that number of Shares which, together with the Shares beneficially owned
by Parent or Purchaser, represent at least two-thirds of the Shares outstanding
on a fully diluted basis (the "Minimum Condition") and to the other conditions
set forth in Annex A hereto. The obligations of Purchaser to commence the Offer
and to accept for payment and to pay for any Shares validly tendered on or prior
to the expiration of the Offer and not withdrawn shall be subject only to the
Minimum Condition and the other conditions set forth in Annex A hereto. The
Offer shall be made by means of an offer to purchase (the "Offer to Purchase")
containing the terms set forth in this Agreement, the Minimum Condition and the
other conditions set forth in Annex A hereto. Purchaser expressly reserves the
right to amend any of the terms and conditions of the Offer; provided that
without the prior written consent of the Company (such consent to be authorized
by the Board of Directors of the Company or a duly authorized committee thereof)
Purchaser shall not amend or waive the Minimum Condition, decrease the Offer
Price or decrease the number of Shares sought, change the form of consideration
to be paid pursuant to the Offer, impose conditions to the Offer in addition to
those set forth in Annex A hereto, or amend any other term or condition of the
Offer in any manner adverse to the holders of the Shares or, except as provided
below in this Section 1.1(a), extend the expiration date of the Offer. Subject
to the terms of the Offer and this Agreement and the satisfaction or waiver of
the Offer conditions as of any expiration date, Purchaser will accept for
payment and pay for all Shares validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to
the Offer as soon as it is legally permitted to do so by applicable law.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Purchaser shall be entitled to extend the Offer,
without the consent of the Company, if at the initial expiration of the Offer,
which will be 20 business days following commencement of the Offer, or any
extension thereof, any condition to the Offer is not satisfied or waived, and at
the Company's request, Purchaser shall extend the Offer from time to time, until
June 19, 2001 if at the then scheduled expiration date all of the Offer
conditions have not been satisfied or waived as permitted by this Agreement. Any
extension of the Offer pursuant to this Section 1.1(a) shall not, without the
written consent of the Company, exceed the number of days that Purchaser
reasonably believes will be necessary so that the Offer conditions will be
satisfied. In addition, Purchaser may, without the consent of the Company,
extend any then scheduled expiration date of the Offer for any period required
by applicable rules, regulations, interpretations or positions of the SEC or the
staff thereof applicable to the Offer or for any period required by applicable
law. If the Minimum Condition has been satisfied and all other conditions to the
Offer have been satisfied or waived but fewer than 90% of the Shares have been
validly tendered and not withdrawn as of any expiration date, Purchaser shall
accept and purchase all of the Shares tendered in the initial offer period and
may provide for a subsequent offering period (as contemplated by Rule 14d-11
under the Exchange Act) as long as providing for the subsequent offering period
does not require the extension of the initial offer period under applicable
rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
(the "SEC"), which subsequent offering period shall not exceed 20 business days.
In addition, the Offer Price may be increased and the Offer may be extended to
the extent required by law in connection with such increase in each case without
the consent of the Company.

            (b) As soon as practicable on the date the Offer is commenced,
Parent and Purchaser shall file with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on
Schedule TO with respect to the Offer (together with all amendments and
supplements thereto and including the exhibits thereto, 


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the "Schedule TO"). The Schedule TO will include, as exhibits, the Offer to
Purchase and a form of letter of transmittal and summary advertisement
(collectively, together with any amendments and supplements thereto, the "Offer
Documents"). Parent and Purchaser represent that the Offer Documents will comply
in all material respects with the provisions of applicable federal securities
laws and, on the date filed with the SEC and on the date first published, sent
or given to the Company's stockholders, shall not contain any untrue statement
of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated
therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the
circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, except that no
representation is made by Parent or Purchaser with respect to information
supplied by the Company in writing for inclusion in the Offer Documents. Each of
Parent and Purchaser further agrees to take all steps necessary to cause the
Offer Documents to be filed with the SEC and to be disseminated to holders of
Shares, in each case as and to the extent required by applicable federal
securities laws. Each of Parent and Purchaser, on the one hand, and the Company,
on the other hand, agrees promptly to correct any information provided by it for
use in the Offer Documents if and to the extent that it shall have become false
or misleading in any material respect and each of Parent and Purchaser further
agrees to take all steps necessary to cause the Offer Documents as so corrected
to be filed with the SEC and to be disseminated to holders of Shares, in each
case as and to the extent required by applicable federal securities laws. The
Company and its counsel shall be given a reasonable opportunity to review and
comment upon the Schedule TO and the Offer Documents before they are filed with
the SEC. In addition, Parent and Purchaser agree to provide the Company and its
counsel in writing with any comments or other communications that Parent,
Purchaser or their counsel may receive from time to time from the SEC or its
staff with respect to the Offer Documents promptly after the receipt of such
comments or other communications.

      1.2   COMPANY ACTIONS.

            (a) The Company hereby approves of and consents to the Offer and
represents that the Board of Directors of the Company, at a meeting duly called
and held, has (i) unanimously approved this Agreement and the transactions
contemplated hereby, including the Offer and the Merger (collectively, the
"Transactions"), (ii) unanimously determined that as of the date hereof the
Transactions are fair to and in the best interests of the Company's stockholders
and (iii) unanimously resolved to recommend that the stockholders of the Company
accept the Offer, tender their Shares thereunder to Purchaser and approve and
adopt this Agreement and the Merger; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that such recommendation
may be withdrawn, modified or amended if, in the opinion of the Board of
Directors of the Company, after consultation with its legal counsel, such
recommendation would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties to the Company's
stockholders under applicable law. The Company consents to the inclusion of such
recommendation and approval in the Offer Documents. The Company has been advised
that all of its directors and executive officers intend either to tender their
Shares pursuant to the Offer or to vote their Shares in favor of the Merger.

            (b) As promptly as practicable following the commencement of the
Offer, the Company shall file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation
Statement on Schedule 14D-9 (together with all amendments and supplements
thereto and including the exhibits thereto, the 


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"Schedule 14D-9") which shall, subject to the fiduciary duties of the Company's
directors under applicable law and to the provisions of this Agreement, contain
the recommendations referred to in Section 1.2(a) hereof. The Company represents
that the Schedule 14D-9 will comply in all material respects with the provisions
of applicable federal securities laws and, on the date filed with the SEC and on
the date first published, sent or given to the Company's stockholders, shall not
contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material
fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements
therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not
misleading, except that no representation is made by the Company with respect to
information supplied by Parent or Purchaser for inclusion in the Schedule 14D-9.
Parent and Purchaser represent that the information supplied by Parent or
Purchaser for inclusion in the Schedule 14D-9 shall not, on the date filed with
the SEC and on the date first published, sent or given to the Company's
stockholders, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state
any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make
the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were
made, not misleading. The Company further agrees to take all steps necessary to
cause the Schedule 14D-9 to be filed with the SEC and to be disseminated to
holders of Shares, in each case as and to the extent required by applicable
federal securities laws. Each of the Company, on the one hand, and Parent and
Purchaser, on the other hand, agrees promptly to correct any information
provided by it for use in the Schedule 14D-9 if and to the extent that it shall
have become false and misleading in any material respect and the Company further
agrees to take all steps necessary to cause the Schedule 14D-9 as so corrected
to be filed with the SEC and to be disseminated to holders of the Shares, in
each case as and to the extent required by applicable federal securities laws.
Parent and its counsel shall be given a reasonable opportunity to review the
initial Schedule 14D-9 before it is filed with the SEC. In addition, the Company
agrees to provide Parent, Purchaser and their counsel in writing with any
comments, or other communications that the Company or its counsel may receive
from time to time from the SEC or its staff with respect to the Schedule 14D-9
promptly after the receipt of such comments or other communications.

            (c) In connection with the Offer, the Company will promptly furnish
or cause to be furnished to Parent and Purchaser mailing labels, security
position listings and any available listing or computer file(s) containing the
names and addresses of the record holders of the Shares as of a recent date, and
shall furnish Parent with such information and assistance as Parent or its
agents may reasonably request in communicating the Offer to the stockholders of
the Company. Except for such steps as are necessary to disseminate the Offer
Documents, Parent and Purchaser shall hold in confidence the information
contained in any of such labels and lists and the additional information
referred to in the preceding sentence, will use such information only in
connection with the Offer, and, if this Agreement is terminated, will upon
request of the Company deliver or cause to be delivered to the Company all
copies of such information then in its possession or the possession of its
agents or representatives.

      1.3   DIRECTORS.

            (a) Promptly upon the purchase of and payment by Purchaser for
Shares pursuant to the Offer, Parent shall be entitled to designate such number
of directors, rounded up 


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to the next whole number, on the Board of Directors of the Company as is equal
to the product of the total number of directors on such Board (giving effect to
the directors designated by Parent pursuant to this sentence) multiplied by the
percentage that the aggregate number of Shares beneficially owned by Purchaser,
Parent and any of their affiliates (as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange
Act) bears to the total number of shares of Company Common Stock then
outstanding. The Company shall take all action necessary to cause Parent's
designees to be elected or appointed to the Company's Board of Directors and to
secure the resignations of such number of its incumbent directors as is
necessary to enable Parent's designees to be so elected to the Company's Board,
and shall cause Parent's designees to be so elected. The Company will take all
action necessary to cause individuals designated by Parent to constitute the
same percentage as such individuals represent on the Company's Board of
Directors on each committee of the Board, to the extent permitted by the
National Association of Securities Dealers (the "NASD") rules. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, until the Effective Time (as defined in Section 1.5 hereof), the
Company shall retain as members of its Board of Directors at least two (2)
directors that are directors of the Company on the date hereof (the "Company
Designees"), and Parent and Purchaser shall not vote their shares of Company
Common Stock, or take any action, in each case inconsistent with this provision;
PROVIDED, that subsequent to the purchase of and payment for Shares pursuant to
the Offer, Parent shall always have its designees represent at least a majority
of the entire Board of Directors.

            (b) The Company's obligations under Section 1.3(a) shall be subject
to Section 14(f) of the Exchange Act and Rule 14f-l promulgated thereunder. The
Company shall promptly take all actions required pursuant to such Section 14(f)
and Rule 14f-l in order to fulfill its obligations under Section 1.3(a),
including mailing to stockholders the information required by such Section 14(f)
and Rule 14f-l as is necessary to enable Parent's designees to be elected to the
Company's Board of Directors. Parent or Purchaser will supply the Company and be
solely responsible for any information with respect to either of them and their
nominees, officers, directors and affiliates required by such Section 14(f) and
Rule 14f-l.

            (c) From and after the time, if any, that Parent's designees
constitute a majority of the Company's Board of Directors and prior to the
Effective Time, any amendment of this Agreement, any termination of this
Agreement by the Company, any extension of time for performance of any of the
obligations of Parent or Purchaser hereunder, any waiver of any condition or any
of the Company's rights hereunder, any other action by the Company hereunder
that would adversely affect the rights of the stockholders of the Company or the
holders of Options (as defined in Section 2.1(d)) with respect to the
transactions contemplated hereby may be effected only by the action of a
majority of the directors of the Company then in office who were directors of
the Company on the date hereof, which action shall be deemed to constitute the
action of the full Board of Directors; PROVIDED, that if there shall be no such
directors, Parent shall cause to be elected to the Board of Directors of the
Company two persons who shall not be stockholders, affiliates or associates of
Parent or Purchaser and none of the foregoing may be effected without their
consent.

      1.4 THE MERGER. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, at
the Effective Time, the Company and Purchaser shall consummate a merger (the
"Merger") pursuant 


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to which (a) Purchaser shall be merged with and into the Company and the
separate corporate existence of Purchaser shall thereupon cease, (b) the Company
shall be the successor or surviving corporation in the Merger and shall continue
to be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware and (c) the separate
corporate existence of the Company with all its rights, privileges, immunities,
powers and franchises shall continue unaffected by the Merger. The corporation
surviving the Merger is sometimes hereinafter referred to as the "Surviving
Corporation." The Merger shall have the effects set forth in the General
Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the "DGCL").

      1.5 EFFECTIVE TIME. Parent, Purchaser and the Company will cause a
Certificate of Merger, or if applicable, a Certificate of Ownership and Merger
(each, the "Certificate of Merger"), to be executed and filed on the date of the
Closing (as defined in Section 1.6) (or on such other date as Parent and the
Company may agree) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware as
provided in the DGCL. The Merger shall become effective at the time at which the
Certificate of Merger has been duly filed with the Secretary of State of the
State of Delaware or at such time as is agreed upon by the parties and specified
in the Certificate of Merger, and such time is hereinafter referred to as the
"Effective Time."

      1.6 CLOSING. The closing of the Merger (the "Closing") shall take place
(a) at the offices of Parent, 161North Clark Street, 48th Floor, Chicago,
Illinois 60601 as soon as practicable following the satisfaction or waiver of
all of the conditions set forth in Article VI hereof or (b) at such other place,
time and date as Parent and the Company may agree.

      1.7 CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF THE SURVIVING CORPORATION. The
Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as in effect immediately prior to
the Effective Time, shall be the Certificate of Incorporation of the Surviving
Corporation until thereafter amended as provided by law and such Certificate of
Incorporation.

      1.8 BY-LAWS OF THE SURVIVING CORPORATION. The By-Laws of Purchaser, as in
effect immediately prior to the Effective Time, shall be the By-Laws of the
Surviving Corporation until thereafter amended as provided by law, the
Certificate of Incorporation of the Surviving Corporation and such By-Laws.

      1.9 DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE SURVIVING CORPORATION. The directors and
officers of Purchaser at the Effective Time shall, from and after the Effective
Time, be the initial directors and officers, respectively, of the Surviving
Corporation until their successors have been duly elected or appointed and
qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal in accordance
with the Surviving Corporation's Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws.

      1.10  STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING.

            (a) If required by applicable law in order to consummate the Merger,
the Company, acting through its Board of Directors, shall, in accordance with
applicable law;


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                  (i) duly call, give notice of, convene and hold a special
      meeting of its stockholders (the "Special Meeting") as soon as practicable
      following the acceptance for payment and purchase of Shares by Purchaser
      pursuant to the Offer for the purpose of considering and taking action
      upon this Agreement;

                  (ii) prepare and file with the SEC a preliminary proxy or
      information statement relating to the Merger and this Agreement and shall
      obtain and furnish the information required by the SEC to be included in
      the Proxy Statement (as hereinafter defined) and, after consultation with
      Parent, to respond promptly to any comments made by the SEC with respect
      to the preliminary proxy or information statement and cause a definitive
      proxy or information statement (the "Proxy Statement") to be mailed to its
      stockholders; and

                  (iii) subject to the fiduciary obligations of the Board under
      applicable law as determined by the Board of Directors of the Company
      after consultation with its legal counsel, include in the Proxy Statement
      the recommendation of such Board that the stockholders of the Company vote
      in favor of the approval of the Merger and the adoption of this Agreement.

            (b) Parent agrees that it will provide the Company with the
information concerning Parent and Purchaser required to be included in the Proxy
Statement and will vote, or cause to be voted, all of the Shares then owned by
it, Purchaser or any of its other Subsidiaries and affiliates in favor of the
approval of the Merger and the adoption of this Agreement.

            (c) The Company represents that the Proxy Statement (or any
amendment thereof or supplement thereto) at the date mailed to Company
stockholders and at the time of the Special Meeting will not contain any untrue
statement of material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be
stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of
the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading, except that no
representation is made by the Company with respect to statements made therein
based on information supplied by Parent or Purchaser in writing for inclusion in
the Proxy Statement. If at any time prior to the Effective Time any event with
respect to the Company should occur which is required to be described in a
supplement to the Proxy Statement, such event shall be so described, and such
supplement shall be promptly filed with the SEC and, as required by law,
disseminated to the stockholders of the Company. With respect to the information
relating to the Company, the Proxy Statement will comply as to form and
substance in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act.

      1.11  MERGER WITHOUT MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS. Notwithstanding Section 1.10
hereof, in the event that Parent, Purchaser or any other Subsidiary of Parent
shall acquire at least 90% of the Shares, pursuant to the Offer or otherwise,
the parties hereto agree to take all necessary and appropriate action to cause
the Merger to become effective as soon as practicable after such acquisition,
without a meeting of stockholders of the Company, in accordance with Section 253
of the DGCL.


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                                   ARTICLE II

                            CONVERSION OF SECURITIES

      2.1 CONVERSION OF CAPITAL STOCK. As of the Effective Time, by virtue of
the Merger and without any action on the part of the holders of any shares of
Company Common Stock or common stock, par value $.01 per share, of Purchaser
("Purchaser Common Stock"):

            (a) PURCHASER COMMON STOCK. Each issued and outstanding share of
Purchaser Common Stock shall be converted into and become one fully paid and
nonassessable share of common stock of the Surviving Corporation with the same
rights, powers and privileges as the shares so converted and shall constitute
the only outstanding shares of capital stock of the Surviving Corporation.

            (b) CANCELLATION OF TREASURY STOCK AND PARENT-OWNED STOCK. All
shares of Company Common Stock that are owned by the Company as treasury stock
and any shares of Company Common Stock owned by Parent, Purchaser or any other
wholly owned Subsidiary of Parent shall be cancelled and retired and shall cease
to exist and no consideration shall be delivered in exchange therefor.

            (c) EXCHANGE OF SHARES. Each share of Company Common Stock issued
and outstanding (other than Shares to be cancelled in accordance with Section
2.1(b) hereof and other than Dissenting Shares (as defined in Section 2.2
below)), shall be converted into the right to receive the Offer Price, payable
to the holder thereof, without interest (the "Merger Consideration"), upon
surrender of the certificate formerly representing such share of Company Common
Stock in the manner provided in Section 2.3. All such shares of Company Common
Stock, when so converted, shall no longer be outstanding and shall automatically
be cancelled and retired and shall cease to exist, and each holder of a
certificate representing any such shares shall cease to have any rights with
respect thereto, except the right to receive the Merger Consideration therefor
upon the surrender of such certificate in accordance with Section 2.3.

            (d)   STOCK OPTIONS. As of the Effective Time, each outstanding
stock option (an "Option" and, collectively, the "Options") granted under the
Loislaw.com, Inc. 1996 Stock Plan, the 1999 Nonqualified Stock Option Plan for
Nonemployee Directors and the Loislaw.com, Inc. 2000 Stock Option Plan
(collectively, the "Option Plans"), whether or not then vested or exercisable,
shall be converted into the right to receive from the Company an amount of cash
equal to the product of (i) the number of shares of Company Common Stock subject
to the Option and (ii) the excess, if any, of the Merger Consideration over the
exercise price per share of Company Common Stock of such option (the "Option
Consideration"). Prior to the Effective Time, the Company shall take all steps
necessary to give written notice to each holder of an Option that (i) all
Options shall be canceled effective as of the Effective Time and (ii) upon the
execution and delivery to the Company by such holder of an instrument
acknowledging cancellation of all Options held by such holder effective as of
the Effective Time ("Cancellation Instrument"), the Company shall pay such
holder, promptly following the Effective Time, the 


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Option Consideration for all Options held by such holder. The Board or any
committee thereof responsible for the administration of the Option Plans shall
take any and all action necessary to effectuate the matters described in this
Section 2.1(d) on or before the Effective Time. Section 3.2 sets forth the
number of shares of Company Common Stock reserved for issuance upon exercise of
outstanding Options. Any amounts payable pursuant to this Section 2.1(d) shall
be subject to any required withholding of taxes and shall be paid without
interest. Parent agrees to provide the Company with sufficient funds to permit
the Company to satisfy its obligations under this Section 2.1.

      2.2   DISSENTING SHARES. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the
contrary, Shares outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and held by
a holder who has not voted in favor of the Merger or consented thereto in
writing and who has demanded appraisal for such Shares in accordance with
Section 262 of the DGCL, if such Section 262 provides for appraisal rights for
such Shares in the Merger ("Dissenting Shares"), shall not be converted into the
right to receive the Merger Consideration as provided in Section 2.1(c), unless
and until such holder fails to perfect or withdraws or otherwise loses his right
to appraisal and payment under the DGCL. If, after the Effective Time, any such
holder fails to perfect or withdraws or loses his right to appraisal, such
Dissenting Shares shall thereupon be treated as if they had been converted as of
the Effective Time into the right to receive the Merger Consideration, if any,
to which such holder is entitled, without interest or dividends thereon. The
Company shall give Parent prompt notice of any demands received by the Company
for appraisal of Shares and, prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall have the
right to participate in all negotiations and proceedings with respect to such
demands. Prior to the Effective Time, the Company shall not, except with the
prior written consent of Parent, make any payment with respect to, or settle or
offer to settle, any such demands.

      2.3   EXCHANGE OF CERTIFICATES.

            (a) PAYING AGENT. Prior to the Effective Time, Parent shall
designate a bank or trust company reasonably acceptable to the Company to act as
agent for the holders of shares of Company Common Stock in connection with the
Merger (the "Paying Agent") to receive the funds to which holders of shares of
Company Common Stock shall become entitled pursuant to Section 2.1(c) hereof.
Parent shall take all steps necessary to deposit or cause to be deposited with
the Paying Agent such funds as needed for timely payment hereunder. Such funds
shall be invested by the Paying Agent as directed by Parent or the Surviving
Corporation. Parent shall pay all charges and expenses of the Paying Agent.

            (b) EXCHANGE PROCEDURES. As soon as reasonably practicable after the
Effective Time but in no event more than three (3) business days thereafter, the
Paying Agent shall mail to each holder of record of a certificate or
certificates, which immediately prior to the Effective Time represented
outstanding shares of Company Common Stock (the "Certificates"), whose shares
were converted pursuant to Section 2.1 hereof into the right to receive the
Merger Consideration (i) a letter of transmittal (which shall specify that
delivery shall be effected, and risk of loss and title to the Certificates shall
pass, only upon delivery of the Certificates to the Paying Agent and shall be in
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Company may reasonably specify) and (ii) instructions for use in effecting the
surrender of the Certificates in exchange for payment of the Merger
Consideration. Upon surrender of a Certificate for cancellation to the Paying
Agent or to such other agent or agents as may be appointed by Parent, together
with such letter of transmittal, duly executed, the holder of such Certificate
shall be entitled to receive in exchange therefor and the Paying Agent shall
promptly pay such person the Merger Consideration for each share of Company
Common Stock formerly represented by such Certificate and the Certificate so
surrendered shall forthwith be cancelled. If payment of the Merger Consideration
is to be made to a person other than the person in whose name the surrendered
Certificate is registered, it shall be a condition of payment that the
Certificate so surrendered shall be properly endorsed or shall be otherwise in
proper form for transfer and that the person requesting such payment shall have
paid any transfer and other taxes required by reason of the payment of the
Merger Consideration to a person other than the registered holder of the
Certificate surrendered or shall have established to the satisfaction of the
Surviving Corporation that such tax either has been paid or is not applicable.
Until surrendered as contemplated by this Section 2.3, each Certificate shall be
deemed at any time after the Effective Time to represent only the right to
receive the Merger Consideration in cash as contemplated by this Section 2.3.

            (c) TRANSFER BOOKS; NO FURTHER OWNERSHIP RIGHTS IN COMPANY COMMON
STOCK. At the Effective Time, the stock transfer books of the Company shall be
closed and thereafter there shall be no further registration of transfers of
shares of Company Common Stock on the records of the Company. From and after the
Effective Time, the holders of Certificates evidencing ownership of shares of
Company Common Stock outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall
cease to have any rights with respect to such Shares, except as otherwise
provided for herein or by applicable law. If, after the Effective Time,
Certificates are presented to the Surviving Corporation for any reason, they
shall be cancelled and exchanged as provided in this Article II.

            (d) TERMINATION OF FUND LIABILITY. At any time following one (1)
year after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation shall be entitled to
require the Paying Agent to deliver to it any funds (including any interest
received with respect thereto) which had been made available to the Paying Agent
and which have not been disbursed to holders of Certificates, and thereafter
such holders shall be entitled to look to the Surviving Corporation (subject to
abandoned property, escheat or other similar laws) only as general creditors
thereof with respect to the Merger Consideration payable upon due surrender of
their Certificates, without any interest thereon. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
neither the Surviving Corporation nor the Paying Agent shall be liable to any
holder of a Certificate for Merger Consideration delivered to a public official
pursuant to any applicable abandoned property, escheat or similar law.

            (e) LOST OR STOLEN CERTIFICATES. If any Certificate shall have
been lost, stolen, mislaid or destroyed then upon receipt of (i) an affidavit of
that fact from the holder claiming such Certificate to be lost, mislaid, stolen
or destroyed, (ii) such bond, security or indemnity, as Parent or the Paying
Agent may reasonably require, and (iii) any other documentation to evidence and
effect the bona fide exchange thereof, the Merger Consideration with respect to
the shares of Company Common Stock represented by such Certificate may be paid.
Each such lost, stolen, 


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mislaid or destroyed Certificate with respect to which any Merger Consideration
shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of this Section 2.3(e) shall
forthwith be deemed surrendered and cancelled.


                                   ARTICLE III

                         REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
                                 OF THE COMPANY

      The Company represents and warrants to Parent and Purchaser that:

      3.1   CORPORATE ORGANIZATION AND QUALIFICATION. The Company is a
corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws
of its jurisdiction of incorporation and is qualified and in good standing as a
foreign corporation in each jurisdiction where the properties owned, leased or
operated, or the business conducted, by it require such qualification, except
where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not have a Company
Material Adverse Effect (as defined in Section 8.10). The Company has all
requisite corporate power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties
and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted, except where the
failure to have such power and authority would not have a Company Material
Adverse Effect. The Company has heretofore made available to Parent complete and
correct copies of its Certificate of Incorporation and By-Laws, each as in
effect as of the date hereof. The Company has no Subsidiaries.

      3.2   CAPITALIZATION. The authorized capital stock of the Company consists
of 60,000,000 shares, of which 50,000,000 are shares of Company Common Stock and
10,000,000 are shares of preferred stock, par value $.001 per share (the
"Preferred Stock"). As of the date hereof, 21,409,293 Shares are issued and
outstanding (which includes 164,444 Shares held in treasury) and no shares of
Preferred Stock are issued and outstanding. 1,294,674 Shares are reserved for
issuance pursuant to outstanding warrants to purchase shares of Company Common
Stock ("Warrants") and Options and 19,566 Shares are reserved for issuance as
part of the Company's Employee Stock Purchase Plan. All of the outstanding
Shares have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid and
nonassessable. Except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.2, there are not as of the date
hereof any outstanding or authorized options, warrants, calls, rights (including
preemptive rights), commitments or any other agreements of any character which
the Company is a party to, or may be bound by, requiring it to issue, transfer,
sell, purchase, redeem or acquire any shares of capital stock or any securities
or rights convertible into, exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to
subscribe for, any shares of capital stock of the Company. SCHEDULE 3.2 also
sets forth the exercise price with respect to all outstanding Options and
Warrants. Except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.2, the Company does not own,
directly or indirectly, any capital stock or other ownership interest in any
corporation, partnership, joint venture or other entity.

      3.3   AUTHORITY RELATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT. The Company has the requisite
corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and, subject
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Agreement by the holders of two-thirds of the outstanding Shares in accordance
with the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company and the DGCL, to consummate
the transactions contemplated hereby. This Agreement and the consummation by the
Company of the transactions contemplated hereby have been duly and validly
authorized by the Board of Directors of the Company and no other corporate
proceedings on the part of the Company are necessary to authorize this Agreement
or to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby (other than, with respect
to the Merger, the approval of this Agreement by the holders of two-thirds of
the outstanding Shares in accordance with the Certificate of Incorporation of
the Company and the DGCL). This Agreement has been duly and validly executed and
delivered by the Company and, assuming this Agreement constitutes the valid and
binding agreement of Parent and Purchaser, constitutes the valid and binding
agreement of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its
terms, except that the enforcement hereof may be limited by (i) bankruptcy,
insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws now or hereafter in
effect relating to creditors' rights generally and (ii) general principles of
equity (regardless of whether enforceability is considered in a proceeding in
equity or at law).

      3.4   CONSENTS AND APPROVALS; NO VIOLATION. Neither the execution and
delivery of this Agreement by the Company nor the consummation by the Company of
the transactions contemplated hereby will (a) conflict with or result in any
breach of any provision of the Certificate of Incorporation or By-Laws of the
Company, (b) except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.4(b), require any consent,
approval, authorization or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any
governmental or regulatory authority, except (i) in connection with the
applicable requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of
1976, as amended (the "HSR Act"), (ii) pursuant to the applicable requirements
of the Exchange Act, (iii) the filing of the Certificate of Merger pursuant to
the DGCL and appropriate documents with the relevant authorities of other states
in which the Company is authorized to do business, all of which states are set
forth on Schedule 3.4(b)(iii), (iv) as may be required by any applicable state
corporation, securities or "blue sky" laws or state takeover laws or (v) where
the failure to obtain such consents, approvals, authorizations or permits, or to
make such filings or notifications, would not have a Company Material Adverse
Effect, (c) except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.4(c), result in a violation or
breach of, or constitute (with or without due notice or lapse or time or both) a
default (or give rise to any right of termination, cancellation or acceleration
or lien or other charge or encumbrance) under any of the terms, conditions or
provisions of any note, license, agreement or other instrument or obligation to
which the Company is a party or by which it or its assets may be bound, except
for such violations, breaches and defaults (or rights of termination,
cancellation or acceleration or liens or other charges or encumbrances) as to
which requisite waivers or consents have been obtained or which would not have a
Company Material Adverse Effect, or (d) assuming the consents, approvals,
authorizations or permits and filings or notifications referred to in this
Section 3.4 are duly and timely obtained or made and the approval of this
Agreement by the Company's stockholders has been obtained, violate any order,
writ, injunction, decree, statute, rule or regulation in effect as of the date
of this Agreement and applicable to the Company or any of its assets, except for
violations which would not have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

      3.5   SEC REPORTS; FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.


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            (a) The Company has filed all reports required to be filed by it
with the SEC pursuant to the federal securities laws and the SEC rules and
regulations thereunder, all of which as of their respective dates complied in
all material respects with applicable requirements of the Exchange Act
(collectively, the "Company SEC Reports"). None of the Company SEC Reports,
including, without limitation, any financial statements or schedules included
therein, as of their respective dates contained any untrue statement of a
material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein
or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the
circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

            (b) The balance sheets and the related statements of operations,
stockholders' equity and cash flows (including the related notes thereto) of the
Company included in the Company SEC Reports comply in all material respects with
applicable accounting requirements and the published rules and regulations of
the SEC with respect thereto, have been prepared in conformity with generally
accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") applied on a basis consistent with prior
periods (except as otherwise noted therein), and present fairly the financial
position of the Company as of their respective dates, and the consolidated
results of its operations and its cash flows for the periods presented therein
(subject, in the case of the unaudited interim financial statements, to normal
year-end adjustments).

            (c) Except as set forth in the Company SEC Reports, and except for
liabilities and obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business
consistent with past practice, the Company does not have any liabilities or
obligations of any nature (whether accrued, absolute, contingent or otherwise)
required by GAAP to be set forth on a balance sheet of the Company or in the
notes thereto which, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be
expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

      3.6   ABSENCE OF CERTAIN CHANGES OR EVENTS. As of the date of this
Agreement, except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.6 or as a consequence of, or as
contemplated by, this Agreement, since December 31, 1999, (a) the business of
the Company has been carried on only in the ordinary and usual course, and other
than in the ordinary course of business, there has not occurred any change
(other than a change affecting the Company's industry generally) which has
resulted or is reasonably likely to result in a Company Material Adverse Effect
and (b) the Company has not taken or omitted to take any action, nor has any
event occurred, which (if taken, omitted or occurring after the date hereof)
would constitute a breach of Section 5.1 of this Agreement.

      3.7   LITIGATION. As of the date of this Agreement, except as set forth on
SCHEDULE 3.7 or in the Company SEC Reports, there is no action, claim, suit,
proceeding or governmental investigation pending or, to the knowledge of the
Company, threatened against the Company by or before any court, governmental or
regulatory authority or by any third party that is reasonably likely to result
in a Company Material Adverse Effect.

      3.8   TAXES.

            (a) The Company has filed (or has obtained extensions to file) all
Tax Returns (as defined below) required to be filed by the Company for taxable
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the date of this Agreement, other than those Tax Returns the failure of which to
file would not have a Company Material Adverse Effect. Such Tax Returns are
true, correct and complete in all material respects.

            (b) All Taxes (as defined below) shown on such Tax Returns have been
paid in full or adequate provision has been made to reflect such items on the
Company's balance sheet (in accordance with GAAP).

            (c) There are no material liens for Taxes upon the assets of the
Company except for statutory liens for current Taxes not yet due.

            (d) Except as described on SCHEDULE 3.8(d), as of the date of this
Agreement there are no ongoing Audits (as defined below) of the Company and the
Company has not been notified, formally or informally, by any Tax Authority (as
defined below), nor is the Company otherwise aware, that any such Audit is
contemplated, threatened or pending. Except as described on SCHEDULE 3.8(d), no
information regarding any Tax matter has been requested by any Tax Authority and
no issue has been raised or is currently pending by any Tax Authority in
connection with any of the Tax Returns of the Company.

            (e) There are no claims, investigations, actions or proceedings
pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened, against the Company by
any Tax Authority for any past due Taxes with respect to which the Company would
be liable. There has been no waiver of any applicable statute of limitations nor
any consent for the extension of the time for the assessment of any Tax against
the Company.

            (f) For the purpose of this Agreement, (i) "Audit" shall mean any
audit, assessment of Taxes, any other examination or claim by any Tax Authority,
judicial, administrative or other proceeding or litigation (including any appeal
of any such judicial, administrative or other proceeding or litigation) relating
to Taxes and/or Tax Returns, (ii) "Taxes" shall mean all taxes, charges, fees,
levies, penalties or other assessments imposed by any United States federal,
state, local, or foreign taxing authority, including, but not limited to income,
excise, property, sales, transfer, franchise, payroll, withholding, social
security or other taxes, including any interest, penalties or additions
attributable thereto, (iii) "Tax Authority" shall mean the Internal Revenue
Service and any other domestic or foreign authority responsible for the
administration of any Taxes, and (iv) "Tax Return" shall mean any return,
declaration, report, information return or other document (including any related
or supporting information) with respect to Taxes.

      3.9   EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS; LABOR MATTERS.

            (a) Schedule 3.9 sets forth a true and complete list of all
collective bargaining agreements, employment, consulting, severance, deferred
compensation and non-competition agreements, executive compensation plans, stock
purchase, stock award and stock option plans and agreements, restricted stock
awards, bonus and incentive plans, directors fee arrangements, both tax
qualified and non-qualified and statutory and non-statutory employee pension
plans, 


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employee profit sharing plans, 401(k) savings plans, multiemployer plans,
employee welfare plans, group life insurance, hospitalization insurance and
other similar plans or arrangements (either written or oral but only to the
extent an oral plan provides material benefits) providing for benefits to any
employees, consultants or directors of the Company or affiliates of the Company.
With respect to the employee benefit plans, stock option plans, restricted stock
award programs and other programs and arrangements maintained or contributed to
by the Company (the "Company Plans"), except as specifically set forth on
SCHEDULE 3.9: (i) each Company Plan intended to be qualified under Section
401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), has
received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (the
"IRS") that it is so qualified and nothing has occurred since the date of such
letter that could reasonably be expected to affect the qualified status of such
Company Plan, (ii) each Company Plan has been operated in all material respects
in accordance with its terms and the requirements of applicable law; (iii) the
Company has not incurred any direct or indirect liability under, arising out of
or by operation of Title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974, as amended ("ERISA"), in connection with the termination of, or withdrawal
from, any Company Plan or other retirement plan or arrangement, and no fact or
event exists that could reasonably be expected to give rise to any liability.
Except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.9, the aggregate accumulated benefit
obligations of each Company Plan subject to Title IV of ERISA (as of the date of
the most recent actuarial valuation prepared for such Company Plan) do not
exceed the fair market value of the assets of such Company Plan (as of the date
of such valuation).

            (b) The Company is not subject to any collective bargaining or other
labor union contracts applicable to persons employed by the Company as of the
date of this Agreement. As of the date of this Agreement, there is no pending
or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened in writing labor dispute, strike
or work stoppage against the Company which may interfere with the respective
business activities of the Company.

            (c) As of the date of this Agreement, there are no more than (i)
1,261,618 options issued and outstanding under the Company's Option Plans and
(ii) 33,056 Shares reserved for issuance upon exercise of the Warrants. No
options have been issued to employees or directors of the Company since December
5, 2000. There are no restricted stock awards which have been issued by the
Company that are currently outstanding.

            (d) Except as disclosed on SCHEDULE 3.9(d), the consummation of the
transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not give rise to an obligation
on behalf of the Company to make severance or change of control payments to any
individuals, except such as may arise from actions of the Company taken at the
direction of Parent following the Effective Time.

            (e) No payments made to any individual by the Company as a result of
the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement would be
non-deductible under either Section 162(m) of the Code or Section 280G of the
Code.


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            (f) The Company has not taken any action or failed to take any
action which would result in the imposition of a material excise tax on the
Company pursuant to Sections 4975, 4980B and 4999 of the Code.

      3.10  ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. As of the date of this
Agreement, except as set forth on Schedule 3.10, (i) the Company is in
compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
relating to pollution or protection of human health or the environment
including, without limitation, ambient air, surface water, ground water, land
surface or subsurface strata) (collectively, "Environmental Laws"), except for
non-compliance that would not have a Company Material Adverse Effect; (ii) the
Company (a) has not received written notice of any action, cause of action,
claim, investigation, demand or notice by any person or entity alleging
liability under or non-compliance with any Environmental Law (an "Environmental
Claim") or (b) to the knowledge of the Company, is not subject to any
Environmental Claim which is reasonably likely to have a Company Material
Adverse Effect; (iii) there has not been a Release of Hazardous Materials at any
property currently or formerly owned or operated by the Company or any
predecessor in interest, except where such Release would not have a Company
Material Adverse Effect; (iv) to the knowledge of the Company, there has not
been a Release of Hazardous Materials at any disposal or treatment facility that
received Hazardous Materials generated by the Company or a predecessor in
interest. For purposes of this Section, "Hazardous Materials" means (a) any
element, compound, or chemical that is defined, listed or otherwise classified
as a contaminant, pollutant, toxic pollutant, toxic or hazardous substance,
extremely hazardous substance or chemical, hazardous waste, special waste, or
solid waste under Environmental Laws; (b) petroleum, petroleum-based or
petroleum-derived products; (c) polychlorinated biphenyls; (d) any substance
exhibiting a hazardous waste characteristic including but not limited to
corrosivity, ignitability, toxicity or reactivity as well as any radioactive or
explosive materials; and (e) any asbestos-containing materials. The term
"Release" means any spilling, leaking, pumping, emitting, emptying, discharging,
injecting, escaping, leaching, migrating, dumping or disposing of Hazardous
Materials (including the abandonment or discarding of barrels, containers or
other closed receptacles containing Hazardous Materials) into the environment.

      3.11  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; TECHNOLOGY. (a) SCHEDULE 3.11(a) contains a
true, correct and complete list of all material Intellectual Property (as
defined below), including without limitation, applications, filings and
registrations with or in any governmental, judicial or regulatory agency,
foreign or domestic, having jurisdiction over such subject matter. All such
applications, filings and registrations have been duly filed, and those
registrations which have issued are validly existing and in full force and
effect. With respect to all U.S. registered service and trademarks, Section 8
and 15 declarations, where applicable, have been timely filed and accepted. No
service or trademarks listed on SCHEDULE 3.11(a) have been abandoned.

            (b) Except as specifically set forth on SCHEDULE 3.11(b), the
Company has good and marketable title to all Intellectual Property and
Technology (as defined below), free and clear of all liens, claims, security
interests, restrictions, encumbrances or rights of third parties and without
payment of any royalties, license fees or other amounts.


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            (c) Except as specifically set forth on SCHEDULE 3.11(c), there are
no licenses, agreements, obligations or other commitments by which the Company
may be bound from or with third parties under which the Company uses, has the
right to use or exercises any rights with respect to any Intellectual Property
or Technology.

            (d) Except as specifically set forth on SCHEDULE 3.11(d), the
Company has not received (nor does the Company have any knowledge of) any
notice, claim or allegation from any other party challenging the right of the
Company to use, possess, transfer, convey or otherwise dispose of any
Intellectual Property or Technology, and there is no interference, opposition,
cancellation, reexamination or other contest proceeding, action, claim, dispute
or claim of infringement, misappropriation or other violation of any
intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any other party. The
Company's use of the Intellectual Property and Technology has not and does not
violate or infringe upon the rights of any other party or constitute a breach of
any agreement, obligation, promise or commitment by which the Company may be
bound or constitute a violation of any laws, regulations, ordinances, codes or
statutes in any jurisdiction, except for any such violation, infringement or
breach that would not have a Company Material Adverse Effect.

            (e) Except as set forth on SCHEDULE 3.11(e) and for user licenses
granted in the ordinary course of business, no licenses or other rights have
been granted and the Company does not have any obligation to grant licenses with
respect to any Intellectual Property or Technology; no claims have been made by
or against the Company of any violation or infringement by others of any rights
with respect to any Intellectual Property or Technology; and the Company is not
aware of any such claim which the Company may have the right or a reasonable
basis to make or assert.

            (f) The Intellectual Property and Technology includes all rights and
interests necessary to conduct the business of the Company as it is currently
conducted and as proposed to be conducted, and such rights and interests will
not be adversely affected in any way by the execution and delivery of this
Agreement by the Company, the Closing or the consummation of any of the
transactions contemplated hereby.

            (g) All statements and representations made by the Company in any
pending Intellectual Property applications, filings and registrations were true
in all material respects as of the time they were made.

            (h) All documentation, specifications, designs and other
informational materials which describe the operation, functions and technical
characteristics applicable to the Intellectual Property and Technology are true
and complete in all material respects and faithfully and accurately reflect the
Intellectual Property and Technology to which same relate.

            (i) The Company has taken all actions reasonably necessary to ensure
that (I) there are no protections, encryption, security or lock-out devices,
whether triggered by the passage of time, the use or operation of the
Intellectual Property and Technology, remotely or otherwise which might in any
way interrupt, discontinue or otherwise adversely affect the 


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Intellectual Property and Technology or Purchaser's use thereof; and (II) there
are no so-called computer viruses, worms, trap or back doors, Trojan horses or
any other instructions, codes, programs, data or materials which could
improperly, wrongfully and/or without the authorization of Purchaser, interfere
with the operation or use of the Intellectual Property and Technology.

            (j) For purposes of this Agreement, "Intellectual Property" shall
mean all intellectual property rights, common law, statutory or otherwise,
domestic and foreign, including, without limitation, patents (including all
reissues, divisions, continuations and extensions), service marks, trademarks,
tradenames, brand, product and service names, and all logos and distinctive
identifications of the Company, its products and services, copyrights, all
applications for any and all of the foregoing, licenses and other contractual
rights and other such property and intangible rights owned, used or held for use
by the Company, together with the goodwill of the business of the Company in
connection with all of the foregoing.

            (k) For purposes of this Agreement, "Technology" shall mean all
formulae, algorithms, processes, procedures, designs, ideas, strategic and other
business plans, research records, inventions and all records of the foregoing,
test, engineering and technical data, know-how, proprietary information and
methodologies, trade secrets, technology, communications and associated
peripheral devices and resources, computer software, programs and code, both
object and source, in whatever form and media, all databases, specifications and
other information processing tangible and intangible items, owned, used or held
for use by the Company.

      3.12  REAL PROPERTY. The Company does not own any real property. Each of
the leases for real property to which the Company is a party (the "Leases") and
all amendments, modifications and/or extensions thereto are listed on SCHEDULE
3.12 hereto. SCHEDULE 3.12 hereto also lists, with respect to each Lease, the
name of the tenant(s), landlord(s), whether the Lease is a lease or a sublease,
the current expiration dates and remaining options to extend the Leases, and the
minimum monthly rent and additional rent under the Leases. With respect to the
Leases, (i) the Leases are in full force and effect, are unmodified (other than
as listed on SCHEDULE 3.12 hereto) and are binding and enforceable in accordance
with their terms; (ii) all rental and other charges payable pursuant to the
terms and conditions of the Leases have been paid and no rent has been paid in
advance more than 30 days; (iii) there are no charges, offsets or defenses
against the enforcement by the lessors thereunder of any agreement, covenant or
condition on the part of the Company to be performed or observed pursuant to the
terms of the Leases; (iv) there are no defaults by the Company of any agreement,
covenant or condition on the part of the Company to be performed or observed
pursuant to the terms of the Leases; (v) there are no actions or proceedings
pending or to the best of the Company's knowledge, threatened, by any lessor
under the Leases; (vi) the consummation of the Offer and the Merger will not
constitute a prohibited transfer or assignment under any of the Leases; and
(vii) there are no material defaults by any of the respective lessors of any
agreement, covenant or condition on the part of the lessor to be performed or
observed pursuant to the terms of the Leases.

      3.13  MATERIAL CONTRACTS. The contracts of the Company identified in the
Company SEC Reports (and included as exhibits to the Company SEC Reports),
together with the contracts listed on SCHEDULE 3.13, constitute all of the
material contracts of the Company that are of a type 


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that would be required to be included as an exhibit to a Form S-1 Registration
Statement pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC if such a
registration statement was filed by the Company. Except as set forth on SCHEDULE
3.13, (i) all such material contracts constitute valid and binding agreements of
the Company and, to the knowledge of the Company, each of the other parties
thereto, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms, (ii) with
respect to such material contracts there are no existing material defaults by
the Company and, to the knowledge of the Company, of any other party thereto,
and there is no event which (whether with or without notice, lapse of time or
the happening or occurrence of any other event) would constitute a material
default by the Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, by any other party
thereto, under such material contracts, (iii) the Company is not restricted by
agreement from carrying on in any geographical location the business of the
Company as conducted on the date of this Agreement, and (iv) there are no
negotiations pending or in process to revise any such material contract.

      3.14  COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS. Except as set forth on SCHEDULE
3.14, since January 1, 1998, the Company has not violated or failed to comply
with any statute, law, regulation, rule, judgment, decree or order of any
governmental entity applicable to its business or operations, except for
violations and failures to comply that would not, individually or in the
aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Company Material Adverse
Effect. The conduct of the business of the Company is in conformity with all
federal, state and local governmental and regulatory requirements applicable to
its business and operations, except where such nonconformities would not, in the
aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Company Material Adverse
Effect. The Company has all permits, licenses and franchises from governmental
agencies required to conduct its business as now being conducted, except for
such permits, licenses and franchises the absence of which would not, in the
aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Company Material Adverse
Effect.

      3.15  INSURANCE. SCHEDULE 3.15 identifies all insurance policies
maintained by the Company. The Company has obtained and maintained in full force
and effect insurance with such insurance companies or associations in such
amounts, on such terms and covering such risks, including fire and other risks
insured against by extended coverage, as is reasonably prudent, and has
maintained in full force and effect public liability insurance, insurance
against claims for personal injury or death or property damage occurring in
connection with the activities of the Company or any properties owned, occupied
or controlled by the Company, in such amount as reasonably deemed necessary by
the Company.

      3.16  APPROVALS; ANTITAKEOVER PROVISIONS. The Board of Directors of the
Company has approved this Agreement and the Stock Option and Tender Agreement
for all purposes under Section 203 of the DGCL, and the Company has heretofore
furnished to Parent a true and correct copy of resolutions duly adopted by the
unanimous vote of such Board on December 18, 2000 and such resolutions are in
full force and effect on the date hereof. Such action is the only action
necessary so that the restrictions on business combinations contained in Section
203 of the DGCL will not apply with respect to or as a result of the Merger
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      3.17  VOTING REQUIREMENTS. The affirmative vote of the holders of
two-thirds of the outstanding shares of Company Common Stock is the only vote of
the holders of any class of the Company's capital stock necessary to approve
this Agreement and the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

      3.18  BROKERS AND FINDERS. Other than U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray, which
has been retained by the Company's Board of Directors, the Company has not
employed any investment banker, broker, finder, advisor, consultant or
intermediary in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement
which would be entitled to any investment banking, brokerage, finder's, advisory
or similar fee or commission in connection with this Agreement or the
transactions contemplated hereby.

      3.19  OPINION OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR. The Board of Directors has received
the opinion of U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray dated December 18, 2000, to the effect
that, as of such date, the Merger Consideration is fair to the stockholders of
the Company from a financial point of view.

      3.20  INFORMATION SUPPLIED. None of the information supplied or to be
supplied by the Company for inclusion or incorporation by reference in (i) the
Offer Documents, (ii) the Schedule 14D-9, (iii) the information to be filed by
the Company in connection with the Offer pursuant to Rule 14f-1 promulgated
under the Exchange Act (the "Information Statement") or (iv) the proxy statement
(together with any amendments or supplements thereto, the "Proxy Statement")
relating to the Special Meeting, if any, will, in the case of the Offer
Documents, the Schedule 14D-9 and the Information Statement, at the respective
times the Offer Documents, the Schedule 14D-9 and the Information Statement are
filed with the SEC or first published, sent or given to the Company's
stockholders, or, in the case of the Proxy Statement, at the time the Proxy
Statement is first mailed to the Company's stockholders or at the time of the
Special Meeting, if any, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit
to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order
to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they
are made, not misleading. If at any time prior to the Effective Time any event
with respect to the Company should occur which is required to be described in a
supplement to (i) the Offer Documents, (ii) the Schedule 14D-9, (iii) the
Information Statement, or (iv) the Proxy Statement, such event shall be so
described, and such supplement shall be promptly filed with the SEC and, as
required by law, disseminated to the stockholders of the Company and to Parent.
The Schedule 14D-9, the Information Statement and the Proxy Statement will
comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act and
the rules and regulations thereunder.


                                   ARTICLE IV

                    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF PARENT
                                  AND PURCHASER

      Each of Parent and Purchaser represents and warrants jointly and severally
to the Company that:


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      4.1   CORPORATE ORGANIZATION AND QUALIFICATION. Each of Parent and
Purchaser is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing
under the laws of the State of Delaware. Each of Parent and Purchaser is
qualified and in good standing as a foreign corporation in each jurisdiction
where the properties owned, leased or operated, or the business conducted, by it
require such qualification, except where the failure to so qualify or be in good
standing would not have a Parent Material Adverse Effect (as defined in Section
8.10).

      4.2   AUTHORITY RELATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT. Each of Parent and Purchaser
has the requisite corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this
Agreement and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby. This Agreement
and the consummation by Parent and Purchaser of the transactions contemplated
hereby have been duly and validly authorized by the respective Boards of
Directors of Parent and Purchaser and by Parent as the sole stockholder of
Purchaser, and no other corporate proceedings on the part of Parent and
Purchaser are necessary to authorize this Agreement or to consummate the
transactions contemplated hereby. This Agreement has been duly and validly
executed and delivered by each of Parent and Purchaser and, assuming this
Agreement constitutes the valid and binding agreement of the Company,
constitutes the valid and binding agreement of each of Parent and Purchaser,
enforceable against each of them in accordance with its terms, except that the
enforcement hereof may be limited by (a) bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization,
moratorium or other similar laws now or hereafter in effect relating to
creditors' rights generally and (b) general principles of equity (regardless of
whether enforceability is considered in a proceeding at law or in equity).

      4.3   CONSENTS AND APPROVALS; NO VIOLATION. Neither the execution and
delivery of this Agreement by Parent or Purchaser nor the consummation by Parent
or Purchaser of the transactions contemplated hereby will (a) conflict with or
result in any breach of any provision of the Certificate of Incorporation or the
By-laws of Parent or Purchaser; (b) require any consent, approval, authorization
or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any governmental or regulatory
authority, except (i) in connection with the applicable requirements of the HSR
Act, (ii) pursuant to the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act, (iii) the
filing of the Certificate of Merger pursuant to the DGCL and appropriate
documents with the relevant authorities of other states in which Parent or
Purchaser is authorized to do business, (iv) as may be required by any
applicable state corporation, securities or "blue sky" laws or state takeover
laws, (v) informational filings with the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the
United States Department of Commerce or (vi) where the failure to obtain such
consents, approvals, authorizations or permits, or to make such filings or
notifications would not have a Parent Material Adverse Effect; (c) result in a
violation or breach of, or constitute (with or without due notice or lapse of
time or both) a default (or give rise to any right of termination, cancellation
or acceleration or liens or other charges or encumbrances) under any of the
terms, conditions or provisions of any note, license, agreement or other
instrument or obligation to which Parent or any of its Subsidiaries is a party
or by which any of them or any of their respective assets may be bound, except
for such violations, breaches and defaults (or rights of termination,
cancellation or acceleration or lien or other charge or encumbrance) as to which
requisite waivers or consents have been obtained or which would not have a
Parent Material Adverse Effect; or (d) assuming the consents, approvals,
authorizations or permits and filings or notifications referred to in this
Section 4.3 are duly and 


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timely obtained or made, violate any order, writ, injunction, decree, statute,
rule or regulation applicable to Parent or any of its Subsidiaries or to any of
their respective assets, except for violations which would not have a Parent
Material Adverse Effect.

      4.4   INTERIM OPERATIONS OF PURCHASER. Purchaser was formed solely for the
purpose of engaging in the transactions contemplated hereby and has not engaged
in any business activities or conducted any operations other than in connection
with the transactions contemplated hereby.

      4.5   SUFFICIENT FUNDS. Either Parent or Purchaser has sufficient funds
available (through existing credit arrangements or otherwise) to purchase, in
accordance with the terms hereof, all of the Shares outstanding on a fully
diluted basis and to pay all fees, expenses and payments related to the
Transactions.

      4.6   SHARE OWNERSHIP.  None of Parent and Purchaser nor any of their
respective "affiliates" or Associates (as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the
Exchange Act) beneficially own any Shares.

      4.7   INFORMATION SUPPLIED. None of the information supplied or to be
supplied by Parent or Purchaser for inclusion or incorporation by reference in
the Offer Documents, the Proxy Statement or the Schedule 14D-9 will, at the date
mailed to stockholders and at the time of the Special Meeting, contain any
untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required
to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in
light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading. If at any
time prior to the Effective Time any event with respect to Parent or any of its
Subsidiaries should occur which is required to be described in a supplement to
the Offer Documents, the Proxy Statement or the Schedule l4D-9, such event shall
be so described, and such supplement shall be promptly filed with the SEC and,
as required by law, disseminated to the stockholders of the Company and Parent.
With respect to information relating to Parent or Purchaser, the Offer Documents
and the Proxy Statement will comply in all material respects with the provisions
of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

      4.8   BROKERS AND FINDERS. Other than Merrill Lynch & Co., whose fees will
be paid by Parent, Parent and Purchaser have not employed any investment banker,
broker, finder, advisor, consultant or intermediary in connection with the
transactions contemplated by this Agreement which would be entitled to any
investment banking, brokerage, finder's, advisory or similar fee or commission
in connection with this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.


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                                    ARTICLE V

                       ADDITIONAL COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS

      5.1   INTERIM OPERATIONS OF THE COMPANY. Except as set forth on Schedule
5.1, during the period from the date of this Agreement to the time the directors
of Purchaser have been elected to, and shall constitute a majority of, the Board
of Directors of the Company pursuant to Section 1.3 (unless Parent shall
otherwise agree in writing and except as otherwise contemplated by this
Agreement), the Company will conduct its operations according to its ordinary
and usual course of business consistent with past practice and seek to preserve
intact its current business organization, keep available the services of its
current officers and employees and preserve its relationships with customers,
suppliers and others having business dealings with it. Without limiting the
generality of the foregoing, and except as otherwise contemplated by this
Agreement or as set forth on SCHEDULE 5.1, the Company will not, prior to the
Effective Time, without the prior written consent of Parent:

                  (i) issue, sell, grant, dispose of, pledge or otherwise
      encumber, or authorize or propose the issuance, sale, disposition or
      pledge or other encumbrance of (A) any additional shares of capital stock
      of any class (including the Shares), or any securities or rights
      convertible into, exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to subscribe
      for any shares of capital stock, or any rights, warrants, options, calls,
      commitments or any other agreements of any character to purchase or
      acquire any shares of capital stock or any securities or rights
      convertible into, exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to subscribe
      for, any shares of capital stock or (B) any other securities in respect
      of, in lieu of, or in substitution for, Shares outstanding on the date
      hereof, other than issuances of shares of Company Common Stock upon
      exercise of Options or Warrants outstanding as of the date of this
      Agreement;

                  (ii)  redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire, or propose to
      redeem, purchase or otherwise acquire, any of its outstanding Shares;

                  (iii) split, combine, subdivide or reclassify any Shares or
      declare, set aside for payment or pay any dividend, or make any other
      actual, constructive or deemed distribution in respect of any Shares or
      otherwise make any payments to stockholders in their capacity as such;

                  (iv) adopt a plan of complete or partial liquidation,
      dissolution, merger, consolidation, restructuring, recapitalization or
      other reorganization of the Company (other than the Merger);

                  (v) adopt any amendments to its Certificate of Incorporation
      or By-laws or alter through reorganization, restructuring or in any other
      fashion the corporate structure or ownership of the Company;


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                  (vi) make any acquisition, by means of merger, consolidation
      or otherwise, or disposition, of assets or securities (other than the
      Merger), in each case other than in the ordinary course of business
      consistent with past practice;

                  (vii) sell, lease, license, mortgage or otherwise encumber or
      subject to any Lien (other than Liens incurred in connection with any
      loans from Parent or one of its affiliates) or otherwise dispose of any of
      its properties or assets, except sales in the ordinary course of business
      consistent with past practice;

                  (viii) (A) incur any indebtedness for borrowed money (other
      than loans from Parent or one of its affiliates) or guarantee any such
      indebtedness of another person, or issue or sell any debt securities or
      warrants or other rights to acquire any debt securities of the Company, or
      (B) make any loans, advances or capital contributions to, or investments
      in, any other person, other than the Company;

                  (ix) make or agree to make any new capital expenditure or
      expenditures which, individually, is in excess of $100,000 or, in the
      aggregate, are in excess of $500,000;

                  (x)   make any material tax election or settle or
      compromise any material income tax liability;

                  (xi) pay, discharge, settle or satisfy any claims, liabilities
      or obligations (absolute, accrued, asserted or unasserted, contingent or
      otherwise), other than the payment, discharge or satisfaction, in the
      ordinary course of business consistent with past practice or in accordance
      with their terms, of liabilities reflected or reserved against in, or
      contemplated by, the most recent consolidated financial statements (or the
      notes thereto) included in the Company SEC Reports or incurred in the
      ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, or waive any
      benefits of, or agree to modify in any respect, any confidentiality,
      standstill or similar agreements to which the Company is a party;

                  (xii) except in the ordinary course of business, modify, amend
      or terminate any contract or agreement to which the Company is a party, or
      waive, release or assign any rights or claims;

                  (xiii) except as required to comply with applicable law, (A)
      adopt, enter into, terminate or amend any bonus, pension, profit sharing,
      deferred compensation, incentive compensation, stock ownership, stock
      purchase, stock option, phantom stock, retirement, vacation, severance,
      disability, death benefit, hospitalization, medical or other plan,
      arrangement or understanding (whether or not legally binding) providing
      benefits to any current or former employee, officer or director of the
      Company (collectively, "Benefit Plans"), other than arrangements or
      understandings adopted, entered into, terminated or amended in the
      ordinary course of business consistent with past practice, (B) increase in
      any manner the compensation or fringe benefits of, or pay any bonus to,
      any director, officer or employee (except for normal increases or bonuses
      in the ordinary course of 


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      business consistent with past practice), (C) pay any benefit not provided
      for under any Benefit Plan, (D) except as permitted in clause (B) above,
      grant any awards under any bonus, incentive, performance or other
      compensation plan or arrangement or Benefit Plan (including the grant of
      stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock based or stock related
      awards, performance units or restricted stock, or the removal of existing
      restrictions in any Benefit Plans or agreement or awards made thereunder)
      or (E) other than in the ordinary course of business consistent with past
      practice, take any action to fund or in any other way secure the payment
      of compensation or benefits under any employee plan, agreement, contract
      or arrangement or Benefit Plan; or

                  (xiv) (A) take, or agree or commit to take, any action that
      would make any representation or warranty of the Company hereunder
      inaccurate at the Effective Time (except for representations and
      warranties which speak as of a particular date, which need be accurate
      only as of such date), (B) omit, or agree or commit to omit, to take any
      action necessary to prevent any such representation or warranty from being
      inaccurate in any material respect at the Effective Time (except for
      representations and warranties which speak as of a particular date, which
      need be accurate only as of such date), provided however that the Company
      shall be permitted to take or omit to take such action which can be cured,
      and in fact is cured, at or prior to the Effective Time or (C) take, or
      agree or commit to take, any action that would result in, or is reasonably
      likely to result in, any of the conditions of the Merger set forth in
      Article VI not being satisfied, except that such action shall be permitted
      if it is consistent with the fiduciary duties of the Company's Board of
      Directors to the Company's stockholders under applicable law; or

                  (xv) authorize, recommend, propose or announce an intention to
      do any of the foregoing, or enter into any contract, agreement, commitment
      or arrangement to do any of the foregoing.

      5.2   ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS. Subject to the last sentence of this Section
5.2, from and after the date hereof and prior to the Effective Time, the Company
(a) will not, nor shall it authorize or permit its officers, directors,
employees, representatives and agents to, initiate, solicit or encourage,
directly or indirectly, any Alternative Proposal (as defined in Section 8.10) or
engage in any negotiations or enter into any agreement or provide any
confidential information or data to any person in connection with or relating to
any Alternative Proposal; (b) will immediately cease any existing discussions or
negotiations, if any, with any parties conducted heretofore with respect to any
Alternative Proposal; and (c) will notify Parent as soon as practicable if any
such inquiries or proposals are received by, any such information is requested
from, or any such negotiations and/or discussions are sought to be initiated or
continued with, the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this
Section 5.2 shall require the Board of Directors of the Company on behalf of the
Company to act, with respect to unsolicited Alternative Proposals, in any manner
which, in the opinion of the Board of Directors of the Company after
consultation with its counsel, could reasonably be deemed inconsistent with its
fiduciary duties to the Company's stockholders under applicable law or to
refrain from taking any action that could reasonably be deemed to be required by
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      5.3   CERTAIN FILINGS. The Company and Purchaser shall reasonably
cooperate with one another (a) in connection with the preparation of the Proxy
Statement and the Schedule 14D-9, and (b) in determining whether any action by
or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official, or
authority is required, or any actions, consents, approvals or waivers are
required to be obtained from parties to any material contracts, in connection
with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and (c)
in seeking any such actions, consents, approvals, or waivers or making any such
filings, furnishing information required in connection therewith or with the
Proxy Statement and the Schedule 14D-9 and seeking timely to obtain any such
actions, consents, approvals or waivers.

      5.4   SATISFACTION OF CONDITIONS; RECEIPT OF NECESSARY APPROVALS.

            (a) Subject to the terms and conditions herein provided, each of the
parties hereto agrees to (i) promptly effect all necessary registrations,
submissions and filings, including, but not limited to, filings under the HSR
Act and submissions of information requested by governmental authorities, which
may be necessary or required in connection with the consummation of the
transactions contemplated by this Agreement, (ii) use reasonable efforts to
secure federal antitrust clearance (including taking steps to avoid or set aside
any preliminary or permanent injunction or other order of any federal or state
court of competent jurisdiction or other governmental authority), (iii) use
reasonable efforts to take all other action and to do all other things
necessary, proper or advisable to consummate and make effective as promptly as
practicable the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and (iv) use
reasonable efforts to obtain all other necessary or appropriate waivers,
consents and approvals (including but not limited to such filings, consents,
approvals, orders, registrations and declarations as may be required under the
laws of any foreign country in which the Company or Parent or any of its
Subsidiaries conducts any business or owns any assets) and to lift any
injunction or other legal bar to the Merger (and, in such case, to proceed with
the Merger as expeditiously as possible), subject, however, to the requisite
vote of the stockholders of the Company. Parent represents and warrants to the
Company that Parent's affiliates have full power and authority to effect the
transactions contemplated by this Section 5.4.

            (b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not be
obligated to use reasonable efforts or take any action pursuant to this Section
5.4 if in the opinion of the Board of Directors after consultation with its
counsel such actions could reasonably be deemed inconsistent with its fiduciary
duties to the Company's stockholders under applicable law.

      5.5   ACCESS TO INFORMATION. To the extent permitted by applicable law,
upon reasonable notice, the Company shall afford to the officers, employees,
accountants, counsel, financing sources and other representatives of Parent,
access, during normal business hours during the period prior to the Effective
Time, to all its properties, books, contracts, commitments and records and,
during such period, the Company shall furnish promptly to the Parent (a) a copy
of each report, schedule, registration statement and other document filed or
received by it during such period pursuant to the requirements of federal
securities laws and (b) all other information concerning its business,
properties and personnel as Parent may reasonably request. Parent will hold, and
cause to be held, any such information which is nonpublic in confidence in
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with the provisions of the Confidentiality Agreement between the Company and
Parent, dated as of June 6, 2000 (the "Confidentiality Agreement").

      5.6   PUBLICITY. The initial press release with respect to the execution
of this Agreement shall be a joint press release acceptable to Parent and the
Company. Thereafter, so long as this Agreement is in effect, neither the
Company, Parent nor any of their respective affiliates shall issue or cause the
publication of any press release or other announcement with respect to the
Merger, this Agreement or the other transactions contemplated hereby without
prior consultation with the other party, except as may be required by law (as
determined on the basis of advice of counsel), the rules and regulations of any
national securities exchange or over the counter market or by any listing
agreement with a national securities exchange.

      5.7   DIRECTORS' AND OFFICERS' INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION.

            (a) From and after the consummation of the Offer, Parent shall, and
shall cause the Company (or, if after the Effective Time, the Surviving
Corporation) to, indemnify, defend and hold harmless any person who is now, or
has been at any time prior to the date hereof, or who becomes prior to the
Effective Time, an officer or director (the "Company Indemnified Party") of the
Company against all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses
(including attorney's fees and expenses), judgments, fines, losses, and amounts
paid in settlement in connection with any actual or threatened action, suit,
claim, proceeding or investigation (each a "Claim") to the extent that any such
Claim is based on, or arises out of, the fact that such person is or was a
director or officer of the Company, and to the extent that any such Claim
pertains to any matter or fact arising out of any act or omission prior to or at
the Effective Time, regardless of whether such Claim is asserted or claimed
prior to, at or after the Effective Time, to the full extent permitted under
applicable law or the Company's Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws or
indemnification agreements in effect at the date hereof identified on SCHEDULE
5.7, or otherwise as permitted by contracts identified on SCHEDULE 5.7,
including provisions relating to advancement of expenses incurred in the defense
of any action or suit, notwithstanding any modification or termination of any
such law, Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws or contracts after the date of
this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, in the event any Company
Indemnified Party becomes involved in any capacity in any Claim, then from and
after consummation of the Offer Parent shall, or shall cause the Company (or the
Surviving Corporation if after the Effective Time) to, periodically advance to
such Company Indemnified Party its legal and other expenses (including the cost
of any investigation and preparation incurred in connection therewith), subject
to the provision by such Company Indemnified Party of an undertaking to
reimburse the amounts so advanced in the event of a final non-appealable
determination by a court of competent jurisdiction that such Company Indemnified
Party is not entitled thereto.

            (b) Parent and the Company agree that all rights to indemnification
and all limitations on liability existing in favor of a Company Indemnified
Party as provided in the Company's Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws or
any indemnification agreements as in effect as of the date hereof shall survive
the Merger and shall continue in full force and effect, without any amendment
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such rights are consistent with the DGCL; PROVIDED, that in the event any claim
or claims are asserted or made within such six year period, all rights to
indemnification in respect of any such claim or claims shall continue until
disposition of any and all such claims; PROVIDED FURTHER, that nothing in this
Section 5.7 shall impair any rights or obligations of any present or former
directors or officers of the Company.

            (c) Parent shall cause to be maintained in effect for the
Indemnified Parties (as defined below) for not less than six years after the
Effective Time policies of directors' and officers' liability insurance and
fiduciary liability insurance with respect to matters occurring at or prior to
the Effective Time (including without limitation, the transactions contemplated
by this Agreement) providing substantially the same coverage and containing
terms and conditions which are no less advantageous, in any material respect, to
those currently maintained by the Company for the benefit of the Company's
present or former directors, officers, employees or agents covered by such
insurance policies prior to the Effective Time (the "Indemnified Parties").

            (d) In the event Parent or Purchaser or any of their successors or
assigns (i) consolidates with or merges into any other person and shall not be
the continuing or surviving corporation or entity of such consolidation or
merger, or (ii) transfers or conveys all or substantially all of its properties
and assets to any person, then, and in each such case, to the extent necessary
to effectuate the purposes of this Section 5.7, proper provision shall be made
so that the successors and assigns of Parent and Purchaser assume the
obligations set forth in this Section 5.7 and none of the actions described in
clauses (i) or (ii) shall be taken until such provision is made.

      5.8   EMPLOYEES; CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS. (a) Following the Effective
Time, the Surviving Corporation will provide pension, health and welfare
benefits (other than stock option, stock purchase or similar plans) to employees
of the Company who continue their employment after the Effective Time (each, a
"Continuing Employee") on terms which are generally no less favorable to such
Continuing Employee than the benefits being provided to such Continuing Employee
immediately prior to the Effective Time.

            (b) If at any time Parent shall make a determination that any
Continuing Employee is eligible to participate in any of Parent's benefit plans
after the Effective Time, then, for purposes of eligibility and vesting with
respect to any such plans, Parent will cause the Surviving Corporation to
recognize the service of the Continuing Employees through the Effective Time as
if such service had been performed with Parent.

      5.9   CERTAIN FILINGS. The Company and Purchaser shall reasonably
cooperate with one another (a) in connection with the preparation of the Proxy
Statement and the Schedule 14D-9, and (b) in determining whether any action by
or in respect of, or filing with, any governmental body, agency or official, or
authority is required, or any actions, consents, approvals or waivers are
required to be obtained from parties to any material contracts, in connection
with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and (c)
in seeking any such actions, consents, approvals, or waivers or making any such
filings, furnishing information required in connection therewith or with the
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seeking timely to obtain any such actions, consents, approvals or waivers.

      5.10  FURTHER ASSURANCES. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions
herein provided and subject to the fiduciary duties of the Board of Directors of
the Company, each of the parties hereto agrees to use its reasonable efforts to
take, or cause to be taken, all action and to do, or cause to be done, all
things necessary under applicable laws and regulations to consummate and make
effective the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.


                                   ARTICLE VI

                    CONDITIONS TO CONSUMMATION OF THE MERGER

      6.1   CONDITIONS TO EACH PARTY'S OBLIGATION TO EFFECT MERGER. The
respective obligations of each party to effect the Merger are subject to the
satisfaction at or prior to the Effective Time of the following conditions:

            (a) STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL. If required by applicable law in order to
consummate the Merger, this Agreement shall have been duly approved by the
stockholders of the Company entitled to vote with respect thereto in accordance
with applicable law and the Certificate of Incorporation and By-laws of the
Company; PROVIDED, that Parent and Purchaser shall vote (or cause to be voted,
if applicable) all shares of Company Common Stock then owned or controlled by
them, directly or indirectly, in favor of the Merger.

            (b) INJUNCTION. There shall not be in effect any statute, rule,
regulation, executive order, decree, ruling or injunction or other order of a
court or governmental or regulatory agency of competent jurisdiction directing
that the transactions contemplated herein not be consummated or otherwise
materially limiting or restricting ownership or the operation of the business of
the Surviving Corporation; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that, subject to the terms and
provisions herein provided (including but not limited to Section 5.4 of this
Agreement), prior to invoking this condition each party shall use its reasonable
efforts to have any such decree, ruling, injunction or order vacated.

            (c) GOVERNMENTAL FILINGS AND CONSENTS. Subject to the terms and
provisions herein provided (including but not limited to Section 5.4 hereof),
all governmental consents, orders and approvals legally required for the
consummation of the Merger and the transactions contemplated hereby shall have
been obtained and be in effect at the Effective Time, other than consents,
orders or approvals which would not reasonably be expected to have a Company
Material Adverse Effect or which would prohibit or which would materially limit
or materially restrict the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein
or the ownership or operations of the business of the Surviving Corporation, and
the waiting periods under the HSR Act and under antitrust laws of applicable
jurisdictions outside the United States shall have expired or been terminated.


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            (d) PURCHASE OF SHARES IN OFFER. Purchaser shall have purchased
Shares pursuant to the Offer.



                                   ARTICLE VII

                                   TERMINATION

      7.1   TERMINATION. This Agreement may be terminated and the Merger
contemplated herein may be abandoned at any time prior to the Effective Time,
whether before or after stockholder approval thereof:

            (a)   By the mutual consent of Parent, Purchaser and the Company.

            (b)   By either the Company or Parent:

                  (i) if shares of Company Common Stock shall not have been
      purchased pursuant to the Offer on or prior to six (6) months from the
      execution of this Agreement; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the right to
      terminate this Agreement under this Section 7.1(b)(i) shall not be
      available to any party whose failure to fulfill any obligation under this
      Agreement has been the cause of, or resulted in, the failure of Parent or
      Purchaser, as the case may be, to purchase shares of Company Common Stock
      pursuant to the Offer on or prior to such date; or

                  (ii) if any governmental entity of competent jurisdiction in
      the United States or other country in which the Company directly or
      indirectly has material assets or operations shall have issued an order,
      decree or ruling or taken any other action (which order, decree, ruling or
      other action the parties hereto shall use their respective reasonable
      efforts to lift), in each case permanently restraining, enjoining or
      otherwise prohibiting the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and
      such order, decree, ruling or other action shall have become final and
      non-appealable.

            (c)   By the Board of Directors of the Company:

                  (i) if, prior to the purchase of shares of Company Common
      Stock pursuant to the Offer, (a) the Board of Directors of the Company
      shall have entered into or shall have publicly announced its intention to
      enter into a definitive agreement or an agreement in principle with
      respect to any Alternative Proposal that the Board of Directors
      determines, in good faith after consultation with its financial advisors,
      is a Superior Proposal (as defined in Section 8.10); (b) the Board of
      Directors of the Company shall have withdrawn, or modified or changed in a
      manner adverse to Parent or Purchaser its approval or recommendation of
      the Offer, this Agreement or the Merger or shall have recommended a
      Superior Proposal or shall have executed, or shall have announced its
      intention to enter into, an agreement in principle or definitive agreement
      relating to a 


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      Superior Proposal with a person or entity other than Parent, Purchaser or
      their affiliates (or the Board of Directors of the Company resolves to do
      any of the foregoing); (c) any person or group (as defined in Section
      13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) (other than Parent, Purchaser or any
      affiliate thereof) shall have become, after the date of this Agreement,
      the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the
      Exchange Act) of 50% or more of the outstanding Shares, or (d) any
      representation or warranty made by Parent or Purchaser in this Agreement
      shall not have been true and correct in all material respects when made,
      or Parent or Purchaser shall have failed to observe or perform in any
      material respect any of its material obligations under this Agreement,
      PROVIDED that prior to exercising such right of termination, the Company
      shall give prompt written notice to Parent of such misrepresentation or
      breach of warranty or failure to observe or perform; PROVIDED, FURTHER,
      that the Company shall not have such right of termination if the condition
      resulting in such misrepresentation or breach of warranty or failure to
      observe or perform is cured (i) in the event such notice is delivered on
      or prior to the fourth business day prior to the then-scheduled expiration
      date of the Offer, not later than the earlier of (A) such expiration date
      and (B) ten business days following delivery of such notice and (ii) in
      the event such notice is delivered on or after the third business day
      prior to such expiration date, not later than three business days
      following such delivery (it being agreed that in such event the Offer
      shall be extended as necessary at least until the end of such cure
      period); or

                  (ii) if Parent or Purchaser shall have terminated the Offer,
      or the Offer shall have expired, without Parent or Purchaser, as the case
      may be, purchasing any shares of Company Common Stock pursuant thereto;
      provided that the Company may not terminate this Agreement pursuant to
      this Section 7.1(c)(ii) if the Company is in material breach of this
      Agreement; or

                  (iii) if Parent, Purchaser or any of their affiliates shall
      have failed to commence the Offer on or prior to ten (10) business days
      following the date of the initial public announcement of the Offer or
      shall have failed to pay for the Shares in accordance with the Offer;
      PROVIDED, that the Company may not terminate this Agreement pursuant to
      this Section 7.1(c)(iii) if the Company is in material breach of this
      Agreement; or

                  (iv) if, at any time after April 19, 2001, upon request made
      by the Company in accordance with the terms of that certain Grid
      Promissory Demand Note dated the date hereof made by the Company in favor
      of Parent (the "Note"), Parent fails to make an advance to the Company as
      required in accordance with the terms of the Note; PROVIDED, that the
      Company may not terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section
      7.1(c)(iv) if the Company is in material breach of this Agreement.

            (d)   By Parent or Purchaser:

                  (i) if, due to an occurrence that if occurring after the
      commencement of the Offer would result in a failure to satisfy any of the
      conditions set forth in Annex A hereto, Parent, Purchaser, or any of their
      affiliates shall have failed to commence the 


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      Offer promptly following the date of the initial public announcement of
      the Offer but in any event on or prior to the tenth (10th) business day
      following the initial public announcement of the Offer; provided that
      neither Parent nor Purchaser may terminate this Agreement pursuant to this
      Section 7.1(d)(i) if Parent or Purchaser is in material breach of this
      Agreement; or

                  (ii) prior to the purchase of shares of Company Common Stock
      pursuant to the Offer, if (a) the Company shall have received any
      Alternative Proposal which the Board of Directors of the Company has
      determined to designate as a Superior Proposal; (b) the Board of Directors
      of the Company shall have withdrawn, or modified or changed in a manner
      adverse to Parent or Purchaser its approval or recommendation of the
      Offer, this Agreement or the Merger or shall have recommended an
      Alternative Proposal or shall have executed, or shall have announced its
      intention to enter into, an agreement in principle or definitive agreement
      relating to an Alternative Proposal with a person or entity other than
      Parent, Purchaser or their affiliates (or the Board of Directors of the
      Company resolves to do any of the foregoing); (c) any person or group (as
      defined in Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act) (other than Parent,
      Purchaser or any affiliate thereof) shall have become, after the date of
      this Agreement, the beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 promulgated
      under the Exchange Act) of 50% or more of the outstanding Shares, or (d)
      any representation or warranty made by the Company in this Agreement shall
      not have been true and correct in all material respects when made and
      shall have resulted in, or is reasonably likely to result in, a Company
      Material Adverse Effect, or the Company shall have failed to observe or
      perform in any material respect any of its material obligations under this
      Agreement; provided that prior to exercising such right of termination,
      Parent and Purchaser shall give prompt written notice to the Company of
      such misrepresentation or breach of warranty or failure to observe or
      perform; provided, further, that Parent and Purchaser shall not have such
      right of termination if the condition resulting in such misrepresentation
      or breach of warranty or failure to observe or perform is cured (i) in the
      event such notice is delivered on or prior to the fourth business day
      prior to the then-scheduled expiration date of the Offer, not later than
      the earlier of (A) such expiration date and (B) ten business days
      following delivery of such notice and (ii) in the event such notice is
      delivered on or after the third business day prior to such expiration
      date, not later than three business days following such delivery (it being
      agreed that in such event the Offer shall be extended as necessary at
      least until the end of such cure period).

      7.2   EFFECT OF TERMINATION. To effect the termination of this Agreement
as provided in Section 7.1, written notice thereof shall forthwith be given by
the terminating party to the other party or parties specifying the provision
hereof pursuant to which such termination is made, and this Agreement shall
forthwith become null and void, and there shall be no liability on the part of
Parent, Purchaser or the Company or their respective directors, officers,
employees, representatives, agents, advisors or stockholders other than the
obligations pursuant to this Section 7.2, except that the agreements contained
in Sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.6, 8,7, 8.8, 8.11, 8.12, 8.13, 8.16, 8.17 and
the last sentence of Section 5.5 shall survive the termination hereof, PROVIDED,
HOWEVER, that if this Agreement is terminated by the Board of Directors of the


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Company pursuant to clauses (i)(a) or (b) of Section 7.1(c) hereof or by Parent
or Purchaser pursuant to clauses (ii)(a) or (b) of Section 7.1(d) hereof, then
immediately following such termination the Company must promptly pay to Parent a
cash termination fee of $3,500,000 in full satisfaction of the obligations of
the Company under this Agreement. Nothing contained in this Section 7.2 shall
relieve any party from liability for fraud or for willful breach of this
Agreement.


                                  ARTICLE VIII

                            MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL

      8.1   PAYMENT OF EXPENSES AND OTHER PAYMENTS. Whether or not the Merger
shall be consummated, each party hereto shall pay its own expenses incident to
preparing for, entering into and carrying out this Agreement and the
consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby.

      8.2   SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; SURVIVAL OF
CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT. The representations and warranties made herein shall
not survive beyond the earlier of termination of this Agreement or the Effective
Time. This Section 8.2 shall not limit any covenant or agreement of the parties
hereto which by its terms contemplates performance after the Effective Time. The
Confidentiality Agreement shall survive any termination of this Agreement, and
the provisions of such Confidentiality Agreement shall apply to all information
and material delivered by any party hereunder.

      8.3   MODIFICATION OR AMENDMENT. Subject to the applicable provisions of
the DGCL, at any time prior to the Effective Time, the parties hereto may modify
or amend this Agreement, by written agreement executed and delivered by duly
authorized officers of the respective parties; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that after
approval of this Agreement by the stockholders of the Company, no amendment
shall be made which (i) reduces or changes the consideration payable in the
Merger, (ii) alters or changes any term of the Certificate of Incorporation of
the Surviving Corporation to be effected by the Merger or (iii) alters or
changes any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement if such change would
adversely affect the Company's stockholders without the approval of such
stockholders in accordance with Section 251 of the DGCL.

      8.4   WAIVER OF CONDITIONS. Except as otherwise provided in this
Agreement, any failure of any of the parties to comply with any obligation,
covenant, agreement or condition herein may be waived by the party or parties
entitled to the benefits thereof only by a written instrument signed by the
party granting such waiver, but such waiver or failure to insist upon strict
compliance with such obligation, covenant, agreement or condition shall not
operate as a waiver of, or estoppel with respect to, any subsequent or other
failure.

      8.5   COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in two or more
counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same agreement and
shall become effective when two or more counterparts have been signed by each of
the parties and delivered to the other parties, it being understood that all
parties need not sign the same counterpart.


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      8.6   GOVERNING LAW.  This Agreement shall be governed by, and
construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware without
giving effect to the principles of conflicts of law thereof.

      8.7   NOTICES. Any notice request, instruction or other document to be
given hereunder by any party to the other parties shall be in writing and
delivered personally or sent by overnight courier, registered or certified mail,
postage prepaid, or by facsimile transmission (with a confirming copy sent by
overnight courier), as follows:

            (a)   If to the Company, to

                        Loislaw.com, Inc.
                        105 North 28th Street
                        Van Buren, AR  72956
                        (501) 471-5581 (telephone)
                        (501) 474-7322 (telecopier)
                        Attention:  Kyle D. Parker

                  with a copy to:

                        Novakov, Davis & Munck
                        900 Three Galleria Tower
                        13155 Noel Road
                        Dallas, TX  75240
                        (214) 922-9221 (telephone)
                        (214) 969-7557 (telecopier)
                        Attention: Kenn W. Webb, Esq.

                  and to:

                        Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.
                        1700 Pacific Avenue
                        Suite 4100
                        Dallas, TX 75201-4675
                        (214) 969-2800 (telephone)
                        (214) 969-4343 (telecopier)
                        Attention: Michael E. Dillard, P.C.


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             (b)  if to Parent or Purchaser, to

                        Bruce C. Lenz, Executive Vice President
                        Wolters Kluwer United States Inc.
                        161 North Clark Street
                        48th Floor
                        Chicago, Illinois  60601
                        (312) 425-7020 (telephone)
                        (312) 425-0233 (telecopier)

                  with a copy to:

                        Arnold J. Schaab, Esq.
                        Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP
                        410 Park Avenue
                        New York, New York  10022
                        (212) 326-0168 (telephone)
                        (212) 326-0806 (telecopier)

or to such other persons or addresses as may be designated in writing by like
notice by the party to receive such notice.

      8.8   ENTIRE AGREEMENT; ASSIGNMENT. This Agreement and the Confidentiality
Agreement (a) constitute the entire agreement among the parties with respect to
the subject matter hereof and supersede all other prior agreements and
understandings, both written and oral, among the parties or any of them with
respect to the subject matter hereof and (b) shall not be assigned by operation
of law or otherwise without the prior written consent of the other parties.
Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement will be binding upon, inure to
the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties and their respective permitted
successors and assigns.

      8.9   PARTIES IN INTEREST. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure
solely to the benefit of each party hereto and their respective successors and
assigns. Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, other than the right to
receive the consideration payable in the Merger pursuant to Article II hereof,
is intended to or shall confer upon any other person any rights, benefits or
remedies of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement;
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the provisions of Section 5.7 shall inure to the benefit
of the Company Indemnified Parties and the Indemnified Parties and shall be
binding on all successors and assigns of Parent, Purchaser, the Company and the
Surviving Corporation and shall be enforceable by the Company Indemnified
Parties and the Indemnified Parties, as the case may be, after the Effective
Time.

      8.10  CERTAIN DEFINITIONS.  As used herein:

            (a) "Alternative Proposal" shall mean any proposal or offer for a
merger or other business combination involving the Company or any proposal or
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significant equity interest in, or a significant portion of the assets of, the
Company other than the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

            (b) "Company Material Adverse Effect" shall mean any adverse change
in the assets, liabilities, financial condition, or results of operations of the
Company which is material to the Company, other than any change or effect
arising out of general economic conditions.

            (c) "Parent Material Adverse Effect" shall mean any material adverse
change in the assets, liabilities, financial condition, or results of operations
of Parent or any of its Subsidiaries which is material to Parent and its
Subsidiaries taken as a whole, other than any change or effect arising out of
general economic conditions.

            (d) "Subsidiary" shall mean, when used with reference to any entity,
any corporation a majority of the outstanding voting securities of which are
owned directly or indirectly by such entity.

            (e) "Superior Proposal" means any bona fide proposal to acquire,
directly or indirectly, all of the Shares then outstanding or all or
substantially all the assets of the Company, and otherwise on terms which the
Board of Directors of the Company determines in good faith (after consultation
with the Company's financial advisor) to be more favorable to the Company and
its stockholders than the Offer and the Merger.

      8.11  VALIDITY. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this
Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be
invalid, void, unenforceable or against its regulatory policy, the remainder of
the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain
in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or
invalidated so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions
contemplated hereby are not affected in any manner materially adverse to any
party.

      8.12  INTERPRETATION. The words "hereof", "herein", and "herewith" and
words of similar import shall, unless otherwise stated, be construed to refer to
this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement,
and article, section, paragraph, exhibit and schedule references are to the
articles, sections, paragraphs, exhibits and schedules of this Agreement unless
otherwise specified. Whenever the words "include, "includes" or "including" are
used in this Agreement they shall be deemed to be followed by the words "without
limitation". The words describing the singular number shall include the plural
and vice versa, and words denoting any gender shall include all genders and
words denoting natural persons shall include corporations and partnerships and
vice versa. The phrase "made available" in this Agreement shall mean that the
information referred to has been made available if requested by the party to
whom such information is to be made available. As used in this Agreement, the
term "affiliate(s)" shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 12b-2 of the
Exchange Act. No presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or
disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any provisions of this
Agreement.


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      8.13  CAPTIONS. The Article, Section and paragraph captions herein are for
convenience of reference only, do not constitute part of this Agreement and
shall not be deemed to limit or otherwise affect any of the provisions hereof.

      8.14  SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE. Each of the parties hereto acknowledges and
agrees that in the event of any breach of this Agreement, each non-breaching
party would be irreparably and immediately harmed and could not be made whole by
monetary damages. It is accordingly agreed that the parties hereto (a) will
waive, in any action for specific performance, the defense of adequacy of a
remedy at law and (b) shall be entitled in addition to any other remedy to which
they may be entitled at law or in equity, to compel specific performance of this
Agreement in any action instituted in a court of competent jurisdiction.

      8.15  SCHEDULES. The Schedules to this Agreement shall be construed with
and as an integral part of this Agreement to the same extent as if the same had
been set forth verbatim herein. No such disclosure shall be deemed to be an
admission or representation as to the materiality of the item so disclosed.

      8.16  OBLIGATION OF PARENT. Whenever this Agreement requires Purchaser to
take any action, such requirement shall be deemed to include an undertaking on
the part of Parent to cause Purchaser to take such action and a guarantee of the
performance thereof.

      8.17  JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY. Parent and Purchaser hereby agree that
they will be jointly and severally liable for all covenants, agreements,
obligations and representations and warranties made by either of them in this
Agreement.


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      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be
executed by their respective duly authorized officers as of the date first above
written.



                                    LOISLAW.COM, INC.


                                    By: /s/ Kyle D. Parker
                                       ---------------------------
                                       Name:  Kyle D. Parker
                                       Title: Chairman and C.E.O.


                                    WOLTERS KLUWER U.S. CORPORATION


                                    By: /s/ Bruce C. Lenz
                                       ----------------------------
                                       Name:  Bruce C. Lenz
                                       Title: Secretary


                                    LL ACQUISITION CORP.


                                    By: /s/ Bruce C. Lenz
                                       -----------------------------
                                       Name:  Bruce C. Lenz
                                       Title: Secretary



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                                                                         ANNEX A


                             CONDITIONS TO THE OFFER

      The capitalized terms used in this Annex A shall have the meanings
ascribed to them in the Agreement and Plan of Merger to which it is attached,
except that the term "Merger Agreement" shall be deemed to refer to such
Agreement and Plan of Merger.

      Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Offer, and in addition to (and
not in limitation of) Purchaser's rights to extend and amend the Offer at any
time in its sole discretion (subject to the provisions of the Merger Agreement),
Purchaser shall not be required to accept for payment or, subject to any
applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, including Rule 14e-l(c) under the
Exchange Act (relating to Purchaser's obligation to pay for or return tendered
Shares promptly after termination or withdrawal of the Offer), pay for, and may
delay the acceptance for payment of or, subject to the restriction referred to
above, the payment for, any tendered Shares, and may terminate the Offer if (i)
any applicable waiting period under the HSR Act or the antitrust laws of
applicable jurisdictions outside the United States has not expired or terminated
prior to the expiration of the Offer, (ii) the Minimum Condition has not been
satisfied at the time of expiration of the Offer, or (iii) at any time on or
after the date hereof, and before the expiration of the Offer any of the
following conditions exist:

            (a) there shall be any statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order or
injunction promulgated, entered, enforced, enacted, issued or applicable to the
Offer or the Merger by any governmental entity of competent jurisdiction in the
United States or other country in which the Company directly or indirectly has
material assets or operations which (1) prohibits the consummation of the Offer
or the Merger, (2) as a result of the Offer or the Merger, restrains or
prohibits, or imposes any material limitations on, Parent's or Purchaser's
ownership or operation of all or a material portion of the businesses or assets
of the Company, or of Parent and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or compel
Parent or any of its Subsidiaries or affiliates to dispose of or hold separate
all or any material portion of the business or assets of the Company, or of
Parent and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or requires the Company, Parent
or Purchaser to pay damages that are material in relation to the Company, (3)
challenges, prohibits, or makes illegal the acceptance for payment, payment for
or purchase of Shares pursuant to, or consummation of, the Offer or the Merger,
(4) imposes material limitations on the ability of Purchaser or Parent
effectively to exercise full rights of ownership of the Shares accepted for
payment pursuant to the Offer, including, without limitation, the right to vote
the Shares purchased by it on all matters properly presented to the Company's
stockholders, or (5) requires divestiture by Parent or any of its Subsidiaries
or affiliates of any Shares, PROVIDED that Parent shall have used all reasonable
efforts to cause any such judgment, order or injunction to be vacated or lifted;

            (b) there shall be instituted or pending any action, suit, or
proceeding by any governmental entity of competent jurisdiction in the United
States, or any other country in which the Company directly or indirectly has
material assets or operations, that is reasonably likely, directly or
indirectly, to result in any of the consequences referred to in clauses (1)
through (5) of 


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paragraph (a) above; PROVIDED, that Parent shall have used all reasonable
efforts to cause any such action, suit or proceeding to be withdrawn or
dismissed;

            (c) there has been since the date hereof any event, occurrence or
development or state of circumstances or facts which has had or would reasonably
be expected to have a Company Material Adverse Effect;

            (d) the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in
the Merger Agreement shall not be true and accurate as of the date of
consummation of the Offer as though made on or as of such date or the Company
shall have breached or failed in any material respect to perform or comply with
any material obligation, agreement or covenant required by the Merger Agreement
to be performed or complied with by it except, (i) those representations and
warranties that address matters only as of a particular date or only with
respect to a specified period of time, which need only be true and accurate as
of such date or with respect to such period, or (ii) where the failure of such
representations and warranties to be true and accurate, or the breach,
non-performance or non-compliance with such obligations, agreements or
covenants, do not have, individually or in the aggregate, or would not
reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Company
Material Adverse Effect;

            (e) the Merger Agreement shall have been terminated in accordance
with its terms;

            (f) the Company shall have entered into a definitive agreement or
agreement in principle with any person with respect to an Alternative Proposal;
or

            (g) the Company's Board of Directors shall have withdrawn, or
modified or changed in a manner adverse to Parent or Purchaser (including by
amendment of the Schedule 14D-9) its recommendation of the Offer, the Merger
Agreement, or the Merger, or recommended an Alternative Proposal, or shall have
resolved to do any of the foregoing;

which in the reasonable judgment of Parent or Purchaser, in any such case, and
regardless of the circumstances giving rise to such condition, makes it
inadvisable to proceed with the Offer and/or with such acceptance for payment or
payments.

      The foregoing conditions are for the sole benefit of Purchaser and Parent
and, subject to the terms of this Agreement, may be waived by Parent or
Purchaser, in whole or in part at any time and from time to time in the sole
discretion of Parent or Purchaser.


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