Monday, November 16, 2009

Amended Settlement Agreement in Google Book Class Action

As covered earlier here, the FRCP 23(e) fairness hearing on the controversial settlement in the Google Book class action -- originally scheduled for last month -- was postponed by U.S. District Judge Denny Chin. The reason was "ongoing negotiations with the Department of Justice that, according to plaintiffs, will result in significant changes to the existing settlement agreement."

The amended settlement agreement that resulted from these negotiations was submitted last Friday and is available here.

For coverage of the amended settlement agreement, see Concurring Opinions, CNET, Financial Times.

Filings in the case (The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 05 CV 8136 (S.D.N.Y.)) can be accessed via Justia or Pacer.

Other good resources on the case include the website of the Settlement AdministratorWikipedia and The Public Index (a project of the Public-Interest Book Search Initiative and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School).


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