Thursday, August 20, 2009

Prominent attorney files major objection to $125m Google Book Search settlement

Major Objection to Google Book Search Settlement
Publishers Weekly, August 19, 2009
By Andrew Albanese

The Google Book Search settlement has its first heavyweight objection, as author and attorney Scott Gant this morning filed with the court a hard-hitting 50-page objection that claims the sweeping deal is an illegal expansion of class-action law. In a copy of the brief shared with PW, Gant, a Harvard-educated lawyer with more than a decade of class-action litigation experience, and the author of We're All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in The Internet Age (Free Press), argues that the settlement is a “predominantly commercial transaction,” that “cannot be imposed through the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23,” the order that authorizes class action. [...]

Read the entire article in Publishers Weekly.

Scott E. Gant is a partner in the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, Washington, D.C.

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