Judge delays Google e-book trial
Appellate court judge rules a trial can wait until the parties resolve whether plaintiffs can sue as a class.
Google won a delay in its copyright fight with the Authors Guild, which sued the company over its efforts to scan millions of books and make passages available online.
Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan granted Google's request to stay a lower-court trial while the company appeals a decision that will allow the plaintiffs to sue as a class, Bloomberg reports.
In June, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who is sitting in as a trial judge in the case, granted it class-action status. But Google is appealing, saying many authors covered by the suit want their work included in Google's search engine.
Last month, Chin. Lohier's ruling reverses that order.
The long-running case was nearly resolved last year when the parties reached a $125 million settlement. But Chinafter the Department of Justice it would reduce competition in the digital-book marketplace.