Google Settlement Hearing PostponedAfter DoJPush for MoreNegotiations
Too many objections filed to have revisions hammered out before October 7
Norman Oder -- Library Journal, 09/22/2009
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- Hearing was to be October 7
- Negotiations with Justice Department
- Schedule may be announced November 6
Given the level of concern expressed about the pending Google Book Search settlement, including significant criticism from the Department of Justice (DoJ), the plaintiffs—the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers—have filed a motion to adjourn the fairness hearing scheduled for October 7, along with a supporting memorandum. Google concurs.
(Also see Francine Fialkoff's editorial, "The Google Wars.")
"It is because the parties wish to work with the DoJ to the fullest extent possible that they have engaged, and plan to continue to engage, in negotiations in an effort to address and resolve the concerns expressed in the U.S. Statement of Interest," the memorandum states. "The parties are committed to rapidly advancing the discussions with the DoJ. Nevertheless, it is clear that the complex issues raised in the U.S. Statement of Interest preclude submission of an amended settlement agreement by October 7."
The parties requested that a status conference be held November 6 regarding a schedule for future proceedings, including a fairness hearing.
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