2nd Circ. Nixes Westlaw Freelancers' $18M Settlement

Law360, New York (August 17, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT) -- Six years after a lower court approved an $18 million settlement in a copyright suit by freelance writers against the operators of Westlaw and other databases, the Second Circuit rejected the deal Wednesday, ruling it did not adequately represent all class members.

Reviewing the case again after the U.S. Supreme Court last year reversed its earlier rejection of the settlement, the Second Circuit ruled 2-1 that the deal marginalized the interests of authors whose work was not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in favor of...
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